CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Pat Perez has performed 24 main championships and by no means had a sniff of victory.
That may change this weekend. Perez, after capturing a 3-under 68 in Friday’s second spherical at Carnoustie, is one shot out of the lead on the 147th British Open at 5-under, trailing Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner.
Perez’s greatest end in a significant was a tie for sixth on the 2005 PGA Championship, however he was by no means really in competition to win. His greatest end on the 4 British Opens he has performed was a tie for 20th in 2007 at Carnoustie. His greatest end within the 4 Masters he has performed was a tie for 18th in 2017. His greatest end within the six U.S. Opens he’s performed was a tie for 36th in 2008 and 2018.
Asked how he would assess his report in majors, Perez didn’t mince phrases.
“Terrible,’’ he mentioned.
“They’re lengthy, and I don’t hit it that lengthy. I by no means have. I knew once I went to Erin Hills [for the 2017 U.S. Open] and Shinnecock [for the U.S. Open last month], there was no prayer for me. The indisputable fact that I even made the reduce [at Shinnecock] I believed was unbelievable. I completed 36th, and that was an final win for me.’’
Perez, who bogeyed 18 to fall out of a tie for first place, was in a curiously salty temper after his spherical, initially refusing to talk to reporters.
The first phrases out of his mouth when he lastly as coaxed into chatting with reporters by irritated event officers was: “I don’t need to discuss to you guys. I simply don’t, if you wish to be sincere.’’
Perez, who has three profession PGA Tour wins, was requested when — contemplating the place he’s in now — he may permit himself to consider profitable his first profession main.
“The better part for me is nobody thinks that I can win,’’ he mentioned. “That makes it simpler to play. I don’t have any strain. I’m not Rory [McIlroy] or Tiger [Woods] and these guys which have received so many instances. They have the strain of profitable extra of them.
“I’d love to do effectively. If I win, it will be superb. I’d like to remain regular for 36 extra holes and play effectively, make some putts, and if I occur to be there someplace close to the top that will be unimaginable. I’m 42 years outdated. After having [shoulder] surgical procedure two years in the past, in case you mentioned, ‘Hey, you could be on-off the lead at 42 in the Open.’ … It’s arduous to imagine at 42 I’m on the high of my sport.’’