Pat Perez was a model of patience over two days at the Sony Open, not usually one of his stronger traits. Then again, he has rarely had so few expectations of his game at the start of a new season.
''I thought I would play well,'' said Perez, who opened 66-67 and was three shots out of the lead going into the weekend. ''But I've changed so many things. There's a lot of things going on in life that ... I'm just trying to enjoy the time being out there a little more.''
He has a belly putter for the first time. He has a new coach and is building a new swing.
And in a few months, he will be single again.
Perez was caught off guard two months ago when his wife of three years, Athena, said she wanted a divorce.
''She turned 30, woke up one day and decided she wanted something different,'' Perez said. ''It was an amicable split. There's no bad blood. We're still friends. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about her.''
His wife is geared heavily toward humanitarian work. She joined ...