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Pat Perez learns playing through pain not as good an option as surgery

Pat Perez learns playing through pain not as good an option as surgery

Pat Perez now knows he made a mistake at the start of last season. His left shoulder was bothering him, and had since the previous August, but he decided to go ahead and try to see if he could play through it and get off to a good start.

The plan didn’t work.

He played in 11 events in the 2015-16 season and missed the cut in seven of them, including six of the last eight. By last February, he realized it was time to quit, and he had surgery for a torn labrum in March. 

That plan worked better than even he could have imagined.

Perez, who began playing the PGA Tour full time in 2002 after earning his card in qualifying school, is having the best season of his...

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