Congratulations to Pat Perez, our champion of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba 2016!
In his third appearance of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season, Pat Perez came back to win the tenth anniversary edition of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Perez, who was playing with a Medical Exemption, made five birdies and a bogey to have a 21-under-par 263, good for a two-stroke win over 54-hole leader Gary Woodland. Perez tied with Harris English (2014) in the lowest record of the 72-hole tournament.
With this victory Perez also earns 500 points from the FedExCup and advances to third place in the FedExCup classification.
Perez’s second win on the PGA TOUR is presented at age 40, 8 months and 12 days at his 379 start. Perez is the second oldest winner of the OHL Classic behind Fred Funk (2007).
Perez did most of the damage during his round in the first nine holes of El Camaleon Golf Course. During the week, he was 17-under-par with 15 birdies, an eagle and no bogey. Perez came to the lead of the scorecard after the cut was made, playing the first nine holes at 12-under the weekend.
Perez’s total of 62-67-129 in the third and fourth round is the lowest 36-hole final score in tournament history.
Perez’s third round with 7-under 29 in the first nine holes is the lowest nine-hole score so far this season.
The 21-under-par 263 of Perez is the lowest total by 72 holes in the TOUR so far from the 2016-17 season.
Perez’s 9-under 62 on Saturday tied the 18-hole record of the tournament set by Roland Thatcher in the third round of 2008 (9-down 61).
LIDERS OF THE FINAL ROUND
MEET PAT PEREZ:
FULL NAME: Patrick Perez
HEIGHT / WEIGHT: 1.83 mts / 86 kilos
DATE OF BIRTH / PLACE OF BIRTH: March 1, 1976 / Phoenix, Arizona
RESIDENCE: Scottsdale, Arizona
FAMILY: Wife – Ashley (married in New Year 2015)
EDUCATION: Arizona State University
SPECIAL INTERESTS: ATVs, motorcycles, baseball, football (San Diego Chargers), wine
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1997
Being the 379th tournament of his professional career, Pat Perez, at 40 years of age, 8 months and 12 days won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba 2016. Perez is the second oldest champion of the OHL Classic after Fred Funk in 2007. His first Victory on the PGA TOUR was the 2009 Career Builder Challenge made 182 tournaments.
With this victory, Perez became the fifth player in tournament history, to come from behind in the final round and win. The last 54-hole leader to win the tournament was Johnson Wagner in 2011.
The 62-67-129 total score for the third and fourth round of Perez is the lowest score in tournament history for 36 holes. In relation to pair, the 9-under 62 in the round of Saturday, tied the record of the tournament of Roland Thatcher established in 2008 of 9-down 61.
In his early days playing golf, Perez won the 1993 Junior World title at Torrey Pines in California, where Tiger Woods finished fourth, eight goals back. Two weeks later, Perez won the Maxfli PGA Junior in Pinehurst, NC. He was a member of the Arizona State Team – 1996 NCAA championship team.
His first professional win was in 2000 when he won the Ozarks Open on the Web.com Tour. In 2001, he won his card to play on the PGA TOUR when he finished in qualifying tournaments for the PGA TOUR.
His brother Mike played on the Web.com Tour in 2002 and 2006 and was a participant in the Golf Channel television program “Big Break Disney Golf” in 2009. They were the only brothers to play in the finals of the qualifying tournament at Bear Lakes CC In West Palm Beach, Fla. In 2001.
You can follow Pat through his page: patperezgolf.com and on Twitter: @PatPerezGolf.
We look forward to next years OHL Classic at Mayakoba from November 9-13, 2017 at the El Camaleon golf course in Mayakoba!