Pat Perez was so zoned in late Friday he wasn’t even sure how many holes he’d birdied coming in.
“I don't even know,” Perez said. “Seven birdies on the back? Is that right?”
Actually it was six, which included birdies on five of the last six holes.
“That's not what I had in mind when I stepped on the 13th tee, let me tell you that much,” Perez said. “That's not a comfortable stretch going through. There's not a comfortable stretch out there at all.”
The end result was a 7-under 65 that put Perez atop the leaderboard at 12 under and in position to go after his first -- and only -- win since 2009.
While it’s been mostly a down two years since that victory, Perez has played well of late after tearing apart his game from the inside out, working on his swing and changing from a cross-handed putting grip back to a conventional one.
“Once I see something that works right, I go with it,” Perez said. “I don't care what it is. It's just going to go because I know what I was doing before ain't going to work. So I had no problem taking it to the course. It's just been great.”