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May 29 2010

6:46 PM

Perez closes strong on Saturday

Pat Perez had one goal on Saturday. He wanted to get into double digits so he could have a chance in the final round.

So that’s exactly what Perez did. He fired a bogey-free 63 that moved him to 10 under and included a 30 on the back nine.

“I struggled a little on the front, but the back … I don’t know,” Perez said. “Usually there are a couple of holes on that back that I’m not comfortable with but I was hitting the driver really good. I’ve got some confidence going with it.

“I’m going to go for broke tomorrow. That’s been my mentality since I won (at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic). If I’m not winning, I need to work on something else.”

His 63 came in the group immediately behind Jerry Kelly, who also shot 7 under. And like Kelly, Perez expects to have a lot of ground to make up on Sunday.

“I think the leader gets somewhere 16, 17,” Perez said. “My goal was to try to get to 10, and if I get there earlier, I just keep moving up the board. It’s going to be real close to 20, if not more, if the course is like this tomorrow. So I’ve got a long way to go.”

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