Perez (62) learning how long hitters roll


The shouder surgery seems to have gone well for Pat Perez.

The 40-year-old PGA Tour veteran is a combined 36 under par for his last eight rounds, including a 9-under 62 on Saturday that left him one shot off the lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Perez underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder in March and was sidelined for the rest of the 2015-16 season. Before this week he played twice this season, finishing T-33 in the CIMB Classic and T-7 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

"You know, I've just been on this different attitude in the last couple weeks where

I just try to stay aggressive and try to think of the right shot and the good shot and not worry about what happens," Perez said. "It's really worked. I've been working on that the last nine months since I got hurt. I was going to try to work on a new aggressive attitude, what could happen, what couldn't happen, and it's been working."

Perez birdied the first three holes Saturday, sandwiched an eagle-3 between pars at Nos. 4 and 6, then added birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 to turn in 29.

On the back, he bogeyed the 10th, then added three more circles at 13, 14 and 17 to finish with a 62.

"Those first seven holes are so crucial because you look at them, you play them and go, God, I should be 7 under through seven and today I got 6."

When Perez was able to practice after his surgery, he changed his driver, ball and irons, going with a TaylorMade driver, Titleist ball and PXG irons. He said he has added 30 yards to his drives with the new equipment.

"Once you start hitting straighter and farther, you get more confidence, and starting to see the putts go it, it's like anything," she said. "That's how Rory and Jason Day live their lives, I guess, and Dustin Johnson. That's how they live every day of their lives."