Thursday, January 26, 2012

In July 2003, the world's best players are in Sandwich, England for the British Open at Royal St. George's. Pat Perez, the most tempestuous player on the PGA Tour, is sharing room 215 of the Econo Lodge in Endicott, New York, with his golf bag and a large pink Jacuzzi. Across the street is En-Joie Golf Club, home of the B.C. Open, the Tour's Island of Broken Toys. After a third-round 68, Perez's room is heavy with pent-up rage.

"Don't push me," an angry voice says. "Big mistake."

Suddenly the sounds of a battle fill the room — a wall-smashing blast of punches, grunts and broken glass.

"This takes my mind off of everything," says Perez, who is playing the Incredible Hulk video game on his PlayStation. "The only problem is, I get playing too long and can't sleep. I can't put it down. Every night I go to bed at about 1 o'clock." The everything Perez wants off his mind includes the fact that after a torrid rookie season in 2002, which featured six top 10s, $1.45 million in earnings and a runner-up finish in the Rookie of the Year race, he faltered horribly in 2003 and fell out of the top 100 on the money list.


Pat Perez Live at Pebble Beach seven feet


Pat Perez
AGE 28
HEIGHT 6' 0"
RESIDENCE Scottsdale
FAMILY Brother Mike Perez plays on the Nationwide Tour. Father Tony is director of development for the First Tee of Southern Nevada
COLLEGE Led Arizona State University to the NCAA title in 1996 but clashed with coach Randy Lein and left after three years
PROFESSIONAL WINS 2000 Ozarks Open; 2001 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament
TOYS A black 2002 Mercedes S500 with a $25,000 stereo in the back ("They took the whole trunk out -- it's like a nightclub in there"), a black 2002 Toyota Land Cruiser and two dune buggies. "I've got remote-controlled cars too. Two work, one crashed. It's shattered. I don't have enough patience to fix those things."
WORDS TO LIVE BY "Black is the only way to go on cars. Unless I get a Ferrari, in which case I'd go with the traditional red."
GOAL "To be on MTV Cribs"

was first hole of the tournament is

Still young but aging double-time with every missed cut, Pat Perez needs to start hitting it in the damn hole, fast.

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