Monday, May 23, 2005

Kenny Perry: Best without a major?

After watching an interview with Kenny Perry on the Golf Channel this morning, it is hard to imagine there is a more likeable player on the PGA Tour. He's humble, family-oriented and has apparently given 5% of his career earnings (which are now more than $18-million) to a scholarship fund to allow certain students to go to Christian colleges. I'm not a really religious guy, but man, that's a pretty great thing for an athlete to do. Hard to imagine Barry Bonds giving 5% of his earnings to a Christian scholarship fund.
After winning for the second time this year and the sixth time since turning 40, Perry dominated Colonial this weekend, taking the title in Texas for the second time. His first win was overshadowed by Annika Sorenstam's entry in the event, but this time Perry just blew away the field.
Perry now has US$2.4-million in winnings this year and in the Golf Channel interview, said all the right things about wanting to win at St. Andrews. That said, I would think Perry would have a better chance at winning at a place like Pinehurst, where there will be a premium on accuracy, than at the Old Course, where the bigger hitters should the advantage. I hope he wins a major, even if it doesn't happen in Scotland. He's just a decent sort of guy.

  • Also worth noting is Paula Creamer's win this weekend on the LPGA, making her the youngest winner on the LPGA in more than 50 years. Pretty impressive. If she wins at 18, why are we still talking so much about Michelle Wie, who hasn't won much of anything?
  • The impressive play of Canada's Jon Mills continued this weekend in the Nationwide Tour where he finished third. David Hearn, playing in golf's minor league for the second straight week before heading back to the PGA Tour, finished 22cnd.

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