ATLANTA – Pat Perez is not your typical PGA Tour player. Just ask him, he’ll tell you.
“It’s frustrating because I see these guys, perfect builds, they’re tall and they’re skinny and they’ve got all this strength, and then there’s me who kind of waddles around,” Perez shrugged on Wednesday at the Tour Championship. “I don’t like working out, I like to sit, kind of do nothing, so it’s kind of my own fault I guess on the strength.”
At 41 years old, Perez also isn’t your typical Tour Championship participant. Playing his 16th season on Tour, he’s making his first trip to East Lake. But after all those years he’s learned that his way may not be the most picturesque path, but it’s the most effective for him.
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“I struggled with that for years upon years trying to make my swing what it wasn’t,” he said. “I don’t like the way my swing looks on film but I have certain feels that if I can feel it in the swing, then that to me feels right and that looks right, but I don’t like it on film, I think it looks terrible.
“There are so many positions I don’t like. I hate the follow-through, I get left lean, my knees are in. There’s so many things I just don’t like about my game.”
This season, however, that swing has been as consistent as any, with a victory (OHL Classic), runner-up (Wells Fargo Championship) and third-place showing (SBS Tournament of Champions) along with 21 made cuts in 25 starts.