Perezs wedded bliss and record-setting at Hope


50th Bob Hope Chrylser ClassicLA QUINTA, Calif. ' Pat Perez, who has yet to win a title in his seven years on the PGA Tour, thinks maybe hes taken a big step toward fixing that. He got married.
Everyone that gets married seems to win. Paul Casey got married the day after he won last week. (Jason) Gore got married, won. (Rory) Sabbatini, he won, Perez said Thursday after he shot a 9-under 63 in the Bob Hope Classic to move to 20-under through two rounds'unprecedented in PGA Tour history.
And if marriage doesnt work?
I figured Id try it. If not, I can always get divorced, Perez said.
After the laughter in the interview room died down, he grinned and added, No, Im just kidding.
The 32-year-old Perez, who married in December, was amazing on the golf course again during the second round'and amusing afterward.
Asked about his spouse, he smiled and said, My wifes name is Athena, and she is the Greek goddess of war. And that holds 100 percent true.
It's Pat!: On Thursday, the newlywed also became the first player in Tour history to play a 36-hole stretch in a tournament in 20 under, keeping him two strokes in front in the Bob Hope Classic.
After opening with a 61, Perez had nine birdies during a bogey-free second round and was at 124 through the first two days of the 90-hole tournament. Along with setting a PGA Tour low against par for consecutive rounds, his 36-hole total was the lowest ever to begin a tournament.
Mark Calcavecchia was at 124 through two rounds of the 2001 Phoenix Open, but that was on a par-71 course. Perez had his opening 61 at the Palmer Course at PGA West, and followed it with the 63 on the Nicklaus Course at PGA West.
On another mild, still day, Perezs sizzling scoring still wasnt enough to give him a pad. Briny Baird aced the par-3, 140-yard seventh at the Nicklaus Course with a 9-iron on the way to his second 63 and an 18-under 126 total. David Berganio Jr. had a 64 and was another shot behind. Tom Pernice Jr. (63) Chris Stroud (63), Richard Johnson (65) and Jason Dufner (65) were 16 under.
Perez, still chasing his first tour win, rolled in a 15-footer on No. 7, a 40-footer from the fringe on No. 11, a 20-footer on No. 14, and other birdie putts from 10 feet and in. For the second straight day, he putted only 25 times.
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