Pereira finished with two birdies at the Trump National. He was as hot at the end of his round as Varner was cold. Varner, who had an 18-hole lead, had two no-birdie bogeys on the back nine to slip out of the lead with 72.
Pereira signed for LIV Golf earlier this year and will go for his first win in the Saudi-funded league. He has three Korn Ferry Tour wins and one PGA Tour Latinoamerica win in 2016. Pereira is best known for his double bogey on the last hole of the PGA Championship last year at Southern Hills, which caused him to miss the playoffs by 1 shot.
Brooks Koepkaafter winning the PGA Championship at Oak Hill and taking his fifth major, he shot 69 but had 6 shots left with one inning to go.
Phil Mickelson he shot 75 and was 43rd out of a 48-man field.
Pereira helped his team Torque to a three-shot lead.