Pat Perez is enjoying a career renaissance after an enforced layoff because of a shoulder injury.
Since his return to the game on a medical exemption in 2016 he has won twice on the PGA Tour – the more recent coming at the start of the Asian swing in Malaysia in October, 2017.
The self-confessed late bloomer shot a final round 69 at TPC Kuala Lumpur for a 24-under total of 264 and his third victory on the PGA Tour. That win saw him rise to a career high of 20th on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Following the triumph, a tied fifth place finish at The CJ Cup @Nine Bridges and equal 24th at the WGC Champions event in Shanghai saw Perez top the early season FedExCup rankings.
Like many leading American players, Perez was a top college player having led Arizona State University to the NCCA team championship in 1996 – the year Tiger Woods won the individual title.
Perez played on smaller tours before gaining his PGA Tour card in 2001 and soon established himself as one of the most consistent players on the circuit.
His first win came at the Bob Hope Classic in 2009 and he reeled off numerous top 10-finishes in the next seven years without adding to his haul.
Shoulder surgery kept him out for seven months in 2016 but he returned with a bang with victory at the OHL Classic in Mayakoba that November in just his third event back.
Date of birth: March 1, 1976
Country: United States
Place of birth: Phoenix, Arizona
Year turned professional: 1997
2000: Buy.com Ozarks Open
2009: Bob Hope Classic
2016: OHL Classic at Mayakoba
2017: CIMB Classic, Malaysia