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Farmers Insurance Open 2014: Pat Perez comes up just short of home course win

SAN DIEGO — At the end of Round 4 of the Farmers Insurance Open, Scott Stallings was the last man standing, but local fans were left wondering if hometown hero Pat Perez could have done just more to find himself with a share of the lead after the 72nd hole saw him finish one shot short with a 2-under 70 on Sunday. 

“It’s great, and bad,” he said after the round. “I want to win this one more than anything in the world and, you know, I came up short. Yeah, I played great and I don’t know what I’m going to finish, but, you know, really when I woke up this morning I really thought I was going to get it done. I did. 

“Great San Diego fans and everybody was behind me, it was just awesome. I would like to be in that position again here.” 

He had his chances after missing the green on hole No. 16 and making a bogey. He narrowly missed a makable putt on the par-4 17th and laid up on No. 18 to make a birdie that left him in a tie with five others for second place. 

He was loose enough to wave to competitor Gary Woodland on the 15th tee when both were in a multi-way tie for the lead at 8-under and talk to his playing partners Morgan Hoffmann and Rory Sabbattini throughout the round. As he meandered through the golf course he’s played countless times, the Torrey Pines High school alum was greeted with shouts of “T.P. High!” and “Go Falcons.”

But it wasn’t his day, and when the putt on No. 17 missed inches right of the cup, his chance at winning his personal major ended. 

He wasn’t the only one. Fellow San Diego County native Charley Hoffman finished with the same 72-hole score after a masterful front nine that included a hole-in-one on No. 3 to finish with a 67 on the day. 

“Today was nice,” Hoffman said. “The front nine I got the crowd behind me, got adrenaline going. Wish I could have made a couple more coming down the stretch, but all in all a good tournament in San Diego.” 

Photo Credit:  Donald Miralle/Getty Images

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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