Just Chillin in Scottsdale and Vegas


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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