Pat Perez is playing this season on the PGA TOUR on a Major medical Exemption. Due to a shoulder injury, he did not compete on TOUR after last season’s Honda Classic. Perez began this season with 15 available events to earn 420 FedExCup points or $670,050 to remain exempt for the remainder of the season.
In two starts this season before last week, he has collected 106 FedExCup points and $242,683. All he needed was a solo-third finish or better in Mexico and it would satisfy the Extension. Instead, the 40-year old from Arizona decided to take matters into his own hands and won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. He closed with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Gary Woodland on the Greg Norman-designed ‘El Camaleon’ course.
Afterwards, Perez stated, “”When you hit 40 and then you have surgery, it’s like `Oh, God, you know, what are we going to do? I had sleepless nights, I had a lot of sleepless nights wondering, `What are we going to do? How are we going to do this? What’s going to happen here? What would happen here? Because all you do is sit around and think. That’s all you have time is to sit around. You’re just sitting in a sling doing nothing and you can’t hit balls for five months. I had a lot of time to think about a lot of things.”
Perez picked up 550 FedExCup points and $1,260,000 for his effort south of the border. Here is what Pat Perez used to win the 2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba:
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (9.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensai 70 TX shaft
Fairway: TaylorMade M2 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensai 80 TX shaft
Hybrid: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 (18 degrees), with Aldila Rogue Black 85 X shaft Irons: PXG 0311XF (3-5), 0311 (6-9), with KBS Tour S+ 125 shafts
Wedges: Callaway MD3 S Grind (48, 52 degrees), Mack Daddy PM Grind (58 degrees), with KBS Tour 120 shafts
Putter: Odyssey Versa Jailbird
Ball: Titleist Pro V1 golf ball