Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The Kenny Perry British Open Debate
A week or so ago, I wrote that Kenny Perry might have been making the right decision for himself by skipping the British Open in hopes of gaining even more Ryder Cup points, but it was going to seem strange to critics.
It turns out Perry has been enduring a ton of raised eyebrows on the decision.
No matter your take on it, Perry can continue to fall back on the "I already committed to these tournaments when I was playing like a dog" song and dance that will get people to leave him alone. The statement is true (and extremely respectable) but I'm sure those tournaments deal with golfers that are hot at the time picking bigger events over their site. Nonetheless, Perry is committed to this and even if you're caught scratching your head, he (and Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger) know that this is the decision that will best benefit Perry.
The one thing that will be interesting, and Kenny brings it up, is after all this, he tanks at the Ryder Cup.
“I told (wife) Sandy, this might be the worst thing I’ve ever wished for,” Perry said. “I may play poorly and get drilled.”
If the Americans want a shot, Perry and newfound hero Anthony Kim will have to play out of their grills at Valhalla. I have a feeling this Ryder Cup could be a little refreshing for the American team. No Tiger, no pressure, no worries, just play golf.