Former Sun Devil Wins Bob Hope Classic

Jan. 28, 2009

Former ASU golfer Pat Perez won the 50th Bob Hope Classic at PGA West on January 25. This was Perez's first PGA Tour win after 198 starts and seven years on the Tour.

'I was thinking it's about time. It's been seven years, it's about time,' Perez said in an article for pgatour.com.

In the fifth and final round of the tournament Perez scored 69 after starting three strokes behind leader Steve Stricker who ended up with a 77, enduring up to 30mph winds. On the final 18th hole of the tournament Perez managed an Eagle with a three-foot putt to solidify his victory.

'I usually just screw around and play and have some drinks or whatever, but this time it was serious,' Perez said. 'I got to a point in my career, seven years now, that I was just tired of being average. I was tired of being nobody. I know that I can play and I want to play,' he said on pgatour.com.

Perez said he worked harder than he ever had in the off-season according to pgatour.com. Perez is more famous for his melt-downs and bad temper. He is known for slamming his club down at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2002. He's also known for beating Tiger Woods in the 1993 Junior World Championships, according to pgatour.com Now he is known for his victory at the 50th Bob Hope Classic.

Perez spent two seasons with the Sun Devils. He was a freshman member of the 1996 Championship team and was an All-Pac-10 Selection in 1997.

Quotes courtesy of www.pgatour.com

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