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May 23 2012

8:31 PM

Fantasy gamers: Don't sell Perez short

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy columnist FANTASY PREVIEW Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial  | Sign up for fantasy Rarely does a week go by when there isn't a golfer snubbed in my Power Rankings. Some are more obvious than others, but all are supported with enough evidence to explain the omission. This week's man on the outside looking in is Pat Perez. Readers noticed. What do you think of Pat Perez's chances this week? Didn't see him on your Power Rankings. I see three top 10s in the last four times at (Colonial) and three top 25s in his last five starts with a top 10 (last week). -- Tim I'd like to hear what you have to say about Pat Perez's chances this week. He looks to me like a legitimate threat and a good chance to pick up some ground as a fantasy pick . -- Jim Indeed, the 36-year-old Arizonan has hit a stride that we haven't witnessed since he led the PGA TOUR in the all-around ranking in 2008. He's already logged seven top 25s this year to match his highest total of any of the previous three seasons. Perez is currently posting career-best splits in the following critical areas: Total Driving: 119 (42nd in distance; 77th in accuracy) ... ranks 20th on the PGA TOUR. (Previous best: 134 in 2004; 24th on TOUR.) Birdie Average: 4.07 ... ranks 15th on TOUR. (Previous best: 3.91 in 2002; 28th on TOUR.) Birdies or Better on Par 5s: 54.66% ... ranks third on TOUR. (Previous best: 47.81% in 2007; 10th on TOUR.) Bounce-Back: 27.35% ... ranks 11th on TOUR. (Previous best: 22.03% in 2003; 44th on TOUR.) Scoring Average Pre-Cut: 70.07 ... ranks 17th on TOUR. (Previous best: 70.18 in 2010; 35th on TOUR.) As a fantasy investment, Perez has been a safer long-term own since he broke through for his lone PGA TOUR title at The 50th Bob Hope Classic in January 2009. However, that tide has shifted at the midpoint of this season, and he deserves more attention each week. As it relates to Colonial, over his past 16 rounds at the tournament (including the trio of top 10s to which Tim alluded above), Perez boasts an actual scoring average of 68.125. Put it all together and Perez is all sleeper and no snub.
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