Having never seen the back nine before, Perez birdied his final two holes at Spyglass Hill to maintain his overnight advantage of four shots. The 25-year-old San Diego native shot 2-under 70 to move to 15-under-par 201.
This is where I want to be, said the tour rookie.
Gogel (67, Spyglass) and Lee Janzen (70, Poppy Hills) are tied for second place at 11-under. Andrew Magee shot 67 at Poppy Hills and stands at minus 10.
Speaking of Gogel, he held a three-shot lead through 36 holes at this event a year ago, only to shoot 81 in round three at Spyglass. Perez endured no such outcome.
The Q-School medalist, who concluded his second round by shooting 30 on the front nine at Pebble Beach, started with a pair of birdies over his first three holes, and upped his lead to five shots. However, he gave one back with a bogey at the fifth, and then limped his way to the back nine.
Perez three-putted from 20 feet for bogey at the par-4 eighth. Still steaming, he pushed his tee shot at the par-4 ninth into the right-side fairway bunker. He responded to the errant drive by slamming his club, two-fisted, into the soggy tee box.
A tour rookie; a dwindling lead; and a quick temper, disaster appeared imminent on the back nine.
But as it turned out, making the turn was just what he needed.
I had a little sandwich...new adventure coming on the back nine because I had never seen it. I was just trying to get under par from there, he said.
Thanks to a 103-degree fever, Perez was unable to play the back nine at Spyglass during his practice round. He was forced to attack it blindly, armed only with notes from his caddie and a friend.
I got some help from my buddy (fellow pro) Jason Gore, Perez said. I called him, he played here last year and we went through the yardage book on the back nine. He gave me some notes. He had a pin sheet, it was helpful.
Following a bogey-breaking par at the 10th, Perez got up and down for birdie at the par-5 11th. He then reeled off five straight pars, including a 35-foot save at the 13th, before finishing birdie-birdie.
Four shots is nothing, Perez said of his lead. You guys have seen in the past, people come back from seven, eight shots. Im going to go out and try to match my 30 on the front tomorrow at Pebble and see where it goes from there.
Perez similarly held a four-shot lead down the stretch in the 2000 Buy.Com Monterey Open, held at the nearby Bayonet course. That Sunday, though, he was unable to accept success.
Shades of Bayonet all over again, he said. I had a four-shot lead going into the third day and the fourth day. Hopefully, I will have a different result.
Gogel, like Perez, wants to rewrite history. Hes hoping fate is fair.
Aside from his horribly inefficient third round last year, hes best known as the man who succumbed to Tiger Woods in the 2000 Pro-Am.
Gogel led Woods by seven shots with seven holes to play in the final round. But as Tiger moved forward, Gogel fell back. After shooting 31 on the front nine at Pebble Beach, he came home in 40.
I kind of got spooked a little bit, and Tiger made a great run, Gogel said. Ive learned from my mistakes.
Gogel started sluggishly Saturday, bogeying the 10th, his first hole, and three-putting for par at the par-5 11th.
Not the start I obviously wanted, but I knew I was hitting the ball much better than yesterday, he said.
Gogel went on to record seven birdies and one bogey to earn a chance to claim his first tour title. And though he trails by a healthy number, Gogel feels his past can help his present.
I have had about half a dozen times since 2000 to win a golf tournament, and each time you are in that situation, you learn, said Gogel, whose best tour finish is a tie for second in this event two years ago.
Four shots, as we all know, can disappear very quickly. No ill will to Pat, he is obviously playing well. If he continues to play the way hes playing, I dont think it will be a contest.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I think Pat has that on his side, I was certainly that way in 2000.
Added Janzen: 'If anyone knows four shots can be made up, it's Gogel.'
Perez, who said his crowd following was up from 12 people to about 30 in round three, believes no one thinks he'll win ' except himself.
I expect to win. Four-shot lead tomorrow, yeah, I expect to win, he said matter-of-factly.
Full-field scores from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am