Oct 3rd, 2017
Pat Perez to make Omega Dubai Desert Classic Debut
As the world's No 31 spreads his wings
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GP favourite Pat Perez will be making his debut at next year’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Perez will compete in the January 25-28 event, which is hosted by Emirates Golf Club.
It won’t be Pat’s first outing on the European Tour, as he has previously played three events. But it will be great to be able to watch him teeing it up against the European Tour players.
Perez spoke last year of his desire to get out and see a bit more of the world, and it appears that he is living up to that promise.
GP first met Pat at The Open at Troon in 2004, and in all honestly I don’t think he thought that much of the experience. He has clearly mellowed with age.
He had a great season last year, winning the OHL Classic in Mexico, whilst tied-second at the Wells Fargo Championship, and tied-third at the SBS Tournament of Champions.
He’s now ranked 31st in the world, which is a career best, and made it to the Tour Championship for the first time ever, coming in 15th overall in the FedEx rankings, and 16th in the tournament.
He also signed an equipment deal with PXG at the start of the year. “Pat’s a guy who doesn’t back down,” said American entrepreneur and PXG founder Bob Parsons when the deal was done. “He’s been incredibly successful in his comeback from many months battling an injury, and is now playing some of the best golf of his career. I’m thrilled that Pat has already found success with PXG and look forward to counting him among our PXG Troops.”
Also teeing it up at Desert Classic will be Sergio Garcia, the defending champion. And interestingly enough, two years in a row the winner of the Masters won the Desert Classic. Is Pat thinking big? The golfing gods seem to be shining on him at the moment.