PGA Tour

Perez ends seven-year PGA drought

2016-11-14 06:59
Pat Perez (Getty)

Mexico City - Pat Perez fired five birdies in a four-under par 67 on Sunday to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico, claiming his second US PGA Tour title seven years after his first.

The 40-year-old American was playing just his third tournament since returning from an eight-month absence recovering from shoulder surgery.

"I was really calm," said Perez, adding that a more aggressive mindset had him feeling confident his comeback could produce his first victory since the 2009 Bob Hope Classic.

"I just had a lot of confidence when I came back," he said. "I started about 2 1/2 months ago and I didn't think it was going to happen this fast, but I thought it was going to be pretty successful, my comeback."

His five birdies came in his first eight holes on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course in Playa del Carmen, and after one blip, a bogey at the 12th, he parred his way home to triumph with a 21-under par total of 263.

He was two shots in front of overnight leader Gary Woodland, who closed with a 70 for 265.

Scotland's Russell Knox was alone in third after a 66 for 266.

Kevin Streelman (65), Chez Reavie (67) and Scott Piercy (70) tied for fourth on 267.

Woodland got off to a slow start with bogeys at the first and third, but he claimed the last of his four birdies at 17 and 18 to secure second place.

Leading final-round scores on Sunday in the US PGA Tour's OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (USA unless noted):

263 - Pat Perez 68-66-62-67

265 - Gary Woodland 64-65-66-70

266 - Russell Knox (SCO) 68-65-67-66

267 - Kevin Streelman 65-73-64-65, Chez Reavie 70-67-63-67,

Scott Piercy 65-66-66-70

268 - Charles Howell 69-64-69-66, Chris Kirk 63-70-68-67, Luke List 66-68-66-68

270 - Adam Hadwin (CAN) 67-66-70-67, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 68-69-66-67, Jhonattan Vegas (VEN) 69-67-65-69

271 - Oscar Fraustro (MEX) 71-66-68-66, Martin Laird (SCO) 68-67-66-70

272 - John Peterson 71-69-64-68, Jason Kokrak 70-68-67-67, Cody Gribble 68-66-71-67, Keegan Bradley 72-67-67-66, Ryan Blaum 67-71-66-68, Stewart Cink 74-64-65-69, Nick Taylor (CAN) 68-66-68-70, Cameron Davis (AUS) 66-70-66-70, Ben Crane 64-70-67-71

273 - Martin Flores 70-69-66-68, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 75-65-65-68, Marc Leishman (AUS) 70-65-69-69, Webb Simpson 65-65-69-74

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