Titleist Brand Ambassador Tom Pernice, Jr. is playing in his 14th PGA Tour event on the island of O’ahu. This year he came to the Sony Open (previously known as the Hawaiian Open) as mentally prepared as he’s ever been to start a year.
“I worked pretty hard in the off-season. I need to enjoy life even when I’m trying to win out there on the golf course.” If anyone managed to enjoy the rain and wind Friday at Waialae, it was Tom. He posted the best round of the week, a bogey free 63, capped off with an eagle at the last. Pernice used a 48 degree Vokey pitching wedge to hole a 92-yard shot from the left rough.
The Par 5 18th hole wasn’t the only place Pernice trusted his wedges. “Days like today, I wasn’t 100% sharp with all my shots so I had to scramble pretty good. I thank my man Bob Vokey. We worked hard on our wedges, and my short game really helped save me today.”
Pernice had six top 10 finishes last year, admitting that even though he had put himself in position he did not close very well. With the work he has put in on his outlook and demeanor, he expects to have better weekends this year. Tom spoke frankly about his goals for the 2009 season, “to win a golf tournament and get into the Masters.” Playing the third round in the last group, tied for the lead, puts Tom Pernice, Jr. in a position to do just that.
Click on the video player below to hear Tom’s take on his second round 63.
Tom Pernice, Jr.