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The Tour Report

April 16 2011

4:37 PM

Perez birdies in, moves into contention

It hasn’t exactly been a banner couple of years for Pat Perez since he got his first career win at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic. He had just three top-10s in all of 2010 and this year has missed nearly as many cuts (3) and he’s made (5).

Perez withdrew after the opening round of his last start at the Shell Houston Open and missed the cut in three of his previous four starts before that.

Then there was Saturday’s 5-under 67, which included an eagle on a par-4 and four birdies, including two straight to close out his round.

The eagle, by the way, came on the drivable 342-yard fifth hole, where Perez reached the green off the tee then made the putt from just over 25 feet.

The 67 by Perez is also his best score since back-to-back 67s in the second and third rounds at Phoenix. It’s also enough to move him into a tie for third at the moment.