Just Chillin in Scottsdale and Vegas

By Pat PerezAugust 29, 2006, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: This is a weekly chronicle of the life & times of PGA TOUR star Pat Perez. Visit him at www.PatPerezGolf.com for Pat's daily blog, music-fueled photo galleries, online store & more.
 
Hey Everyone. PP checking in here. Back home in Scottsdale for the week and then gearing up to head out for the Canadian Open next Monday.
 
As you know, I played the Reno-Tahoe Open last week and had my best outing since the PLAYERS back in April. I wound up T-11th and earned enough to secure my Tour card through 2007. It's still frustrating to me that at this point of the year I even had to worry about that. The week after the PLAYERS I was No. 31 on the money list and after missing the middle part of the season, I slipped to 98th. I'm at 96th this week, but had I not played Reno I'd be around No. 104. Either way, it is what it is and I'm just glad to have a little less pressure entering the final few months of the season.
 
Both elbows were killing me this week, but I powered through it. I was popping Advil all day, every day (... I'm still waiting on some free samples, guys) and that kept the inflammation down. Also, my guy Jeff Banaszak wasn't out there this week, so I was riding solo and had to make sure and stretch myself every morning and evening.
 
All in all, I was happy with how things went in Reno and I think playing a tough course like the PGA two weeks ago, really helped me this past week. It got me in playing shape and by the time I got to Reno, I was satisfied with all aspects of my game. Everything is solid right now. Yeah, I missed some putts - but I can live with that because I was happy with my stroke. It's one thing to just not have 'it' out there, but that wasn't the case. Everything I was hitting had a good chance of going in. The line, the speed, it was all good and it helped my confidence throughout the week. Thursday's five birdies for a 67 helped a ton, as well. It was my first bogey-free round since rolling 60 at the Bob Hope. That definitely set the tone for the week.
 
I left Reno on Sunday night and headed to Vegas for an evening to blow off some steam and just hang. I checked out the Wynn this time around. Daly got me set up with one of the hosts there (Stephan Mornet) and they took really good care of me. Sent the Phantom to pick me up, VIP at their club Tryst and first class all the way. I was really impressed with the place. I could've hung there all week, but one night is probably my best bet. Get in, get out, play a few machines and head home without letting the one-armed bandits take me down. I'll be back in October for the LVI and I usually head out the Saturday before the tourney, so this was just a quick Vegas fix.
 
Plus, it's home improvement week at the Perez household. Headed to Home Depot for a new blower and working on my pool area. We just got a urinal installed out by the pool bathroom for all my buds who forget to lift the seat. We're really stepping things up for the final few weeks of summer.
 
That's about it on this end. Happy with how things played out in Reno, taking this week off and the back on the road for the Canadian Open and 84 LUMBER. I'll check back in next week.
 
Oh yeah, thanks to everyone who's been emailing my MySpace.com page. The well wishes are very appreciated. Keep sending in your questions as I'm told we're going to aim for a Q&A for next week's blog - and make sure to add the MySpace page to your friends list as we're going to start giving out some PatPerezGolf.com T-Shirts to random winners each week.
 
Stay classy. - Double P
 
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Pat Perez is in the midst of his fifth season on the PGA Tour. 'Double P' earned his PGA Tour card as the Q-School Medalist in 2001 and was part of the 1996 NCAA National Championship golf team at Arizona State University. Visit Pat at his website www.patperezgolf.com or his page at MySpace.com
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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.