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'I'm still not going to work out” – Pat Perez wins at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia
At 41 Pat Perez continues to make great strides as he coasted to victory in Malaysia while we round up the best and worst parts of the week.
It was all pretty much done after three birdies in his first four holes as Pat Perez picked up his third win on tour and an invite to next year’s Masters.
The 41-year-old won by four over his compatriot Keegan Bradley and he could afford to par his last 10 holes for a 69 – he opened up 66-65-64 on the first three days – and his first victory in almost a year. A few weeks ago the American, who underwent shoulder surgery only last year, played in his first Tour Championship.
“Unreal. I think I’m the last guy that expected to win this week, to be honest with you. I did not think I was going to win this week,” Perez said. “I really can’t explain it, it’s been an amazing 12 months.”
Bradley was round in 67 while Xander Schauffele slipped back with four bogeys to finish in a tie for third alongside South Korea’s Sung Kang.
American Justin Thomas was going for a hat-trick of wins but finished tied for 17th.
Two of Keegan Bradley’s first three wins were a major and a WGC, he was then expected to be one of the dominant forces in the game particularly after his Ryder Cup exploits.
But his last win came in 2012, he wasn’t eligible for Augusta or Birkdale this year and he is now 31.
This was his best result in more than three years, since Bay Hill in 2014, and, for someone who won’t have enjoyed the anchor ban, he finished this week at 20 under.
Last year he said: “It’s tough when somebody says you can’t use one of the best parts of your game. I had thousands of hours of practice taken away from me that I’m trying to gain back. It’s been difficult. You try to master something, then someone takes it away.”
He had slipped down to 120th in the world, now he is around the 65 mark. Maybe 2018 will be a big year for Bradley?
Quote of the week
“I’m not going to change anything. I’m still not going to work out. I’ll still have a bad diet, and I’m going to enjoy myself,” Pat Perez on his plans for the future.