Now that was a finish: Five birdies over the final six holes. That’s what gave Pat Perez the lead at 12 under Friday at Quail Hollow, where he played his final 12 holes in 7 under with eight birdies and just one bogey.
The 65 is the best round of the year for Perez, who though coming off a missed cut last week finished in the top six in his two starts prior to that.
Perez’s last and only victory came at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic, but the way he’s playing this week his second could soon follow. He’s in the top 10 in fairways hit this week, the top 25 in greens in regulation and the top 15 in putting after just 25 putts on Friday.