January 28 2012
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Two players who have history at Torrey Pines are gaining ground on Kyle Stanley.
Pat Perez, who did odd jobs for free golf here as a teenager, has birdied three of his first seven holes to move to 11 under. Perez, whose father is the announcer at the first tee on the South Course during the tournament, made a 4-footer at No. 1, a 6-footer at the third and has just rolled in a 14-footer at the seventh hole.
Perez is tied with Bill Haas, who just tapped in from 2 feet at No. 5 for his first birdie of the day. Haas held a share of the 54-hole lead last year at Torrey Pines but bogeyed two of the first four holes on Sunday on the way to a 75 that left him in a tie for ninth.
Haas also has family ties to the tournament. His dad Jay picked up his breakthrough win on the PGA TOUR at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational in 1978.
Should Bill win at Torrey Pines on Sunday it would mark the second time he's won the same tournament as his father. Bill's breakthrough victory came at the 2010 Bob Hope Classic, an event Jay won in 1988.