Who cares if Kenny Perry doesn't play in the British Open?
Kenny Perry isn’t being selfish, he’s not slapping tradition in the face and he’s not risking his Ryder Cup spot by not playing in the British Open this week at Royal Birkdale.
I’m siding with those who are telling Perry to stick to his guns and compete in the PGA Tour event he already committed to playing in well before he started going gangbusters in 2008 (and can someone tell Gene Wojciechowski at ESPN they don’t serve “luke warm beer” in any decent pub in England anymore? I’ve never had a pint anywhere in the UK that wasn’t cold. They even serve Guiness Extra Cold over there).
Perry is 47. He is also not Jack Nicklaus, who won the Masters at 46. He’s competed in 22 British Opens and he doesn’t think he can play well in this one. So let him compete on U.S. soil instead.
Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger shouldn’t even think twice about putting Perry on the Ryder Cup roster. He’s won three times on tour and the Cup isn’t hosted on a links course (come to think of it, you have to wonder if it will ever be hosted on a links course in the U.K. again - what with all the snazzy, parkland resorts like K Club, Celtic Manor and Gleneagles scooping up venues. A links course hasn’t hosted the Ryder Cup since Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1977). Perry is a Kentucky native and nearly won the PGA Championship when it was staged at Valhalla.
People aren’t going to be crying in their Birkdale beers about the absence of Perry. I hope Perry beats another diluted field at this week’s U.S. Bank Championship too. Though given the state of banks these days, lets just hope the check clears.
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I would say the next links course to get it could be the Trump Aberdeen potential development.
I do hope the Ryder Cup is played on a links course again (a British one). I'd love to see it played played over Carnoustie, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Royal St. George's, or this week's focal point, Royal Birkdale.
Yeah, what's all this lukewarm beer nonsense all about? I'm from the northeast of England, and had no idea what it was at all. Beer is best served chilled :)
By the way, has anybody taken a look at the Castle Course in St. Andrews? How's it shaping up?
Come on over and check out my chipmunk smile. Just watch out, for some reason the ground squirrels, chipmunks, and gofers are going into estrus over here everytime I step on a golf course.
Even if it is 'straightforward,' remember that its straightforward to everyone in the field, not just Perry!
Have you noticed these weirdo Dallas/Irving/Arlington rednecks creeping into everyone's comments? Guess Baldy caused more consternation than that guy who hit the golfballs at the bird a couple months back...LOL
Royal Liverpool and the Old Course were the kind of courses I had in mind for straightforwardness.