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Perez's new ride: 'It's like driving a UFO'

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Lydia Ko of New Zealand imitates a 'selfie' as she poses with the trophy after winning the the 2014 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I at Highland Meadows Golf Club on July 20, 2014 in Sylvania, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)  - 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – After an opening-round 6-under 65 here in his adopted hometown, Pat Perez spoke about recent swing improvements and an increased fitness regimen and working on his anger management.

But the highlight came when he talked about his new car.

“That thing is nice,” he said with a smile. “It's a Toyota Scion iQ. And if you saw one go down the street, you would laugh.”

It’s been hard to miss this week, parked in the final spot nearest the course entrance, maybe half the size of a normal car. Black and adorned with decals from Arizona State and Callaway, the car has been Perez’s mode of transport between his nearby home and the course all week.

“It's like driving a UFO,” he continued. “You cannot believe the attention that thing gets. It's  incredible. It's as long as the table. You see this thing go by, they don't know what it is. It's so cool, it's so fun to drive, especially when it's nice weather like this.

“The tail folds down, and there is a rack that was built that goes on either side. And the rack comes out, and you can put two sets of clubs on the back and you can drive it on the fairways because it's lighter than a mower.”