Monday, July 14, 2008

Perry Wins Again, Hates It

Kenny Perry has won his third event in five starts (really should've been fourth) by winning on the first hole of a playoff against Brad Adamonis and Jay Williamson at the John Deere Classic. After Adamonis put his ball in the hazard - nearly making an amazing shot, and Williamson came over the top of the ball and practically threw the ball in the water, Perry kept the ball dry and won. Now there is no way in hell he is not on the Ryder Cup team...and it's on the Milwaukee!

The AP copy almost makes this sound like a burden for Perry:

He never wanted to be the star, the main attraction, but Kenny Perry will have no choice if this continues. The guy who merely wanted to win enough to make the Ryder Cup team is now racking up victories at a rapid pace.

"I don't want to live in a fishbowl," he said. "I don't want Tiger status."

Right now, Kenny, you are surrogate Tiger. I would start tanking fast if you don't want to get to superstar status. That way, you can keep your five million dollars, be on the Ryder Cup team, and no one will be mad if you skip the PGA Championship.

Perry could have won in regulation, but bogeyed the 72nd hole to cause the playoff. Still, the loss was not all bad for Jay Williamson. Thanks to a rule that says that players who finish in the top5 at the Deere that aren't already exempted get into the Open Championship, Jay Williamson is going to Birkdale - on a really nice charter plane. And he seems happy about it.

"To play the British Open, I don't think that has quite sunk in yet," Williamson said. "I am blinded by the playoff. To go play the British Open, I mean, I never thought that would happen to me."

That's very refreshing.

1 comment:

Bill-DC said...

I like Jay, he's been grinding out there on tour for years and the past two season's he's gotten into a playoff and lost on the first hole.

Got to be frustrating not to get the win but he knows he still has the game to compete. Hopefully he will get his first PGA Tour win soon.