Monday, June 30, 2008

Perry to Skip British Open in Hopes of Making Ryder Cup, Confuses Me

As was reported one post ago, Kenny Perry won the Buick Open yesterday for his second win in his last four starts.

Perry has announced that his main goal of 2008 is to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team, a feat that is becoming more and more secure with ever week he raises the trophy. The top nine golfers will play for Paul Azinger's squad in September, and even before his victory on Sunday, Perry was sixth in points (which is really fifth since Tiger Woods is out with a knee).

Why should you care about all this?

Well, Perry said he's skipping his second major in a row, the British Open, in hopes of another solid finish in a tournament he's had some success at his his career, the Greater Milwaukee Open. The whole point of this ditching majors for top finishes is to gain more Ryder Cup points, blah blah blah.

My thing is, the guy is going to be in the top five with this win, and the way he's hitting it, probably isn't going to go on some sort of a missed cut streak or anything. He's definitely a top-10 American golfer these days and anyone that is as passionate as he is about making the team probably would land a Captain's Pick if he had some troubles over the next month or so.

The other thing -- in his last four appearances at the British, Perry has one missed cut and three top-16 finishes. Why wouldn't he take a chance with that record?

I guess I just don't approve of this because the British is my favorite major with the most history and takes the largest amount of golf talent to win. I think you have to hit every shot in the book at British Open venues and have a kind spot in my heart for Scotland and England because, well, this. (Yes, that was a popped collar, I have no comeback, fire away all you want.)

This idea will probably work out best for Perry and I could see him winning the Greater Milwaukee for the second time in his career (2003), I just wish he'd take the opportunity to fly across the pond and beat balls with the best. It's the Claret Jug for Christ's sake.


Ryan Mathre said...

From what i understand he committed to the tourney when he was not even in the top 100 in the world and now doesn't want to renig on that commitment.

Obviously if was me it would be a no-brainer, I'd play the open championship but have to respect the fact the guy keeps his word.

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