This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
It's not uncommon for strange things to happen during the fall portion of the season, like rookies picking up their first win or previously unknown golfers breaking through for that life-changing victory. But old dudes who haven't played in a while winning in consecutive weeks? Well, this is uncharted territory.
Before the hate mail comes in, I will say, relatively old dudes; even for golf, once past age 40, you are pushing it, and Pat Perez and Rod Pampling are pushing. One is more advanced in age than the other, but both had struggled to win the last six-plus years. Perez's drought didn't stretch 10 years, like Pampling's, but entering this season, he was up to seven full seasons on the PGA Tour without a win.
That's all in the past now, and it's time to again look forward for Perez. The big difference between this win and his previous win, though, is perspective on the future. When Perez won in 2009, at 33, the future was still bright. After all, Perez was a highly touted kid when he first made waves on the PGA Tour in 2002, and expectations were through the roof. He never met those expectations, but his win in 2009 gave fans of Perez hope that he might someday reach the heights many had projected for him.
Fast forward seven years and the expectations are long gone, which makes this win a little bittersweet. While there's no speculation about Perez climbing to the top of the