LA QUINTA, Calif., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Jay Haas shot the lowest round of his 26-year PGA Tour career Thursday, an 11-under 61 that vaulted him into the lead after 36 holes of the five-round Bob Hope Classic.
Pat Perez shot a 61 as well and had an excellent chance to become the fourth player in tour history to break 60 before having to settle for pars on six of the last seven holes.
Perez, in his second year on the tour, started on the back nine and birdied 10 of his first 11 holes at Bermuda Dunes. If he could have managed three birdies over the last seven holes, he would have joined Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval in recording a 59.
But Perez managed only one birdie the rest of the way, that coming when he two-putted from 60 feet at the par-5 eighth.
"It was the first time I have had a chance to do that," Perez said. "It was awesome. It was one of those days where anything you looked at, good things happened.
"After playing 11 holes, I started counting. I realized that I had seven holes left and needed to make just three birdies. The round kind of slowed down, but it was nice to have at least have a chance."
Perez had a chance to win last year's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but he hit his tee shot at the final hole into the water and then put on a display of anger in front of national television cameras.
"I think I have learned from that," he said. "Today, I didn't get nervous or anything. Usually, if I have made six birdies, I kind of slow down and try to protect. Today, I tried to make as many birdies as I could."