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Hey everyone! Double P here. Checking in from the road this week instead of Scottsdale. It's so nice to finally be able to say that. Really enjoyed the two months home and a week in San Diego last month, but sometimes I'm most at home on the road - playing golf and competing every week.
 
Im hanging out in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday night. I played my first practice round since the Tuesday before the Verizon back in March. Teamed up with two good buds today - John Daly and Jason Gore. Daly graced us with his presence for nine holes while Gore and I played all 18. You definitely could've called us Team Infirmary today. Between my left elbow, Gore's right elbow and Daly's bad back and sciatic nerve - we were a walking mess.
 
Surprisingly enough, I played great. I was shocked. In all honesty, I had no expectations going into this week. I'm like a kid in a candy store - just thrilled to be back out here. After two months home, I really wasn't expecting much this week. The Memorial is a big-time tournament and a very difficult invitational to get into.
 
This is one of those weeks where I'm just happy to be playing and hope to play through the weekend. Anything on top of that is gravy. So to get back out there and play so well in the practice round - it really helped get my confidence up going into my Thursday round. I have my coach Michael Owen working out here with me this week and we're picking up where we left off the week of the Verizon; working on my action and getting my hand flatter at the top.
 
I'm not playing a pro-am this week, so Gore and I are making the Wednesday trek over to Dublin to get a round in at Brookside - which is a U.S. Open qualifier course. Both of us will attempt to Monday qualify there in just under two weeks, so this is a great opportunity to check out the course and gear up for 18 there.
 
Laying low this week when I'm not on the course as I'm trying to get back in playing shape. Practice, grab lunch, work out and then get with my guy Jeff Banaszak of Back 9 Fitness. Jeff works on a dozen or so Tour players and he works on me first thing in the morning and again late in the evening. Definitely a Tour necessity as I'm going to push myself pretty hard over these next few weeks. Jeff finds those 'problem' areas and goes to town on them. Most of the time I hurt more after I get off the table than I did before I got on, but I know it's all for the best.
 
That's about it on this end. One day away from teeing it up and playing a competitive round of golf again. The elbow is feeling solid and I get to make my return at The Memorial - which is pretty much as good as it gets outside a Major.
 
On a sad note, I wanted to send out my best wishes to the family and friends of Paul Gleason, who passed away this past weekend due to a rare form of lung cancer. I got to know Paul through a lot of charity tourneys he played in. I'm sure most of you remember him as Principal Vernon in The Breakfast Club, Clarence Beeks in Trading Places, the jerk detective in Die Hard or even Coach Hissler in Johnny Be Good.
 
I've referred to him as the Beeker since day one - and take pride in the fact that Trading Places inspired nickname caught on with other Tour players and pro-am celebs. Daly knew Beeker really well - as did a lot of the Golf Channel guys, I'm sure since he was featured on a few episodes of The Daly Planet. Both Daly and I talked about the Beeker today, shared some laughs and we were both saddened by his passing. He was a great guy, fun to be around and he'll be missed.
 
Tune in Thursday to see me back in action at The Memorial. - 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