Rod Perry said he averaged between 10 and 12 hours per day at the golf course during his 54-hole debut in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week. He wasn’t about to let a 79 in Saturday’s third weather-hampered round get him down.
“It was a tough three days; I don’t think that I’ve ever played in weather like this anywhere,” said Perry, the reigning PGA Professional National Champion and 2013 PGA Professional Player of the Year. “It was a cool experience to be here. I met a lot of great people.
“Last night, my wife and I went to a really great party, sitting with Kenny G and hanging out with Darius Rucker and Huey Lewis. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Perry, the PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Orange, Fla., finished his Pebble Beach experience with rounds of 69, 77 and 79 for a 10-over-par 224 total. The 54-hole cut was even par, which made Perry marvel at those who could grind through near par or better in the Monterey Peninsula weather. Third-round leader Jimmy Walker finished with a 4-under-par 67 Saturday to build a six-stroke lead at 13-under par.
SECOND ROUND: Perry manages 77 in difficult weather conditions
“Jimmy played the same rotation of courses as I did and is really on a roll. With Ryder Cup points going out, he’s doing well,” said Perry. “That is pretty fantastic golf under the conditions. I look at what I went through this week as a learning experience. It can only help me with what I need to work on when I get home to play at this level.”
Perry’s Pebble Beach trip was one of five exemptions he earned for winning last summer’s National Championship. His North Florida PGA Player honor also earned him a trip to the Valspar Championship, and capturing the Section Championship guaranteed him a berth in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Perry also will compete in the Wells Fargo Championship, the John Deere Classic and the Reno-Tahoe Open, along with defending his title June 22-25 in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“I’m just looking forward to coming home to Florida weather,” said Perry.