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Brent Kelley

Kenny Perry Withdraws from PGA Championship

By August 7, 2008

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This season has been a successful one so far for Kenny Perry. But at some point, will Perry look back on 2008 and wonder what might have been?

Perry withdrew from the PGA Championship on Thursday. Perry was considered iffy for the tournament after suffering a scratched cornea on Tuesday. His doctors advised him not to wear his contact lenses for a week, but Perry, saying he couldn't see well enough to play without eyewear, and didn't consider glasses an option, teed off Thursday wearing the contacts.

After shooting a first-round 79, Perry decided to withdraw.

Perry has three victories to date in 2008 and is playing the best golf of his career. He is second on the PGA Tour money list and second on the FedEx Cup points list. He achieved what he said was his goal for 2008 - earning a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team (the Ryder Cup being played in Perry's native Kentucky).

But Perry hasn't achieved anything major this year - as in major championship. With his withdrawal today from the PGA, Perry now finishes 2008 without having finished a major; in fact, without having competed in three of the four:

  • The Masters: Failed to qualify
  • U.S. Open: Chose not to enter qualifying
  • British Open: Chose not to play
  • PGA Championship: Withdrew after first round

The greatness of golfers is measured by their performances in majors. Having involuntarily skipped one major this year, voluntarily skipped two others, and withdrawn from the fourth major, can Perry's 2008 be considered a great year?

Perry might think of it that way, given his three wins and the fact that he accomplished his primary goal of making the Ryder Cup. And that's good enough for now. But history might settle on a different conclusion.


August 7, 2008 at 9:56 pm
(1) Jeff McClanahan says:

I disagree with your conclusion that Kenny Perry 2008 season won’t be considered a great year. KP has become the first 47 year old to win 3 times in one season. He has vaulted to #17 in the world, #2 in Fedex Cup and #2 in the money list only behind Tiger after being ranked around #100 in the world rankings at the beginning of the year. I agree it isn’t the type of year that qualifies as player of the year type year but it is still a great season for KP.

August 7, 2008 at 11:52 pm
(2) disagree says:

If he is hurt, so be it. But it seems that when the golf course is tough, he walks away.

Wonder whether or not he would have played the Masters had he qualified?

August 8, 2008 at 9:25 am
(3) Bruce says:

I think Kenny Perry exemplifies everything wrong with American professional golfers not named Tiger. Skipping the Open championship was bad enough, but quitting after one round because he didn’t want to wear glasses instead of contacts is childish.

If you don’t want to play majors, don’t. Give another Charlie Wi (an alternate) a chance.

August 8, 2008 at 1:20 pm
(4) howker says:

If I were Azinger, I’d be looking for ways to leave Perry off of the Ryder Cup team. I wouldn’t want somebody on the team who seems to have a distaste for top competition.

Does Perry travel by motor home? He doesn’t seem to want to get more than a couple of states from home.

August 9, 2008 at 12:42 pm
(5) Jamyl says:

Kenny Perry is one of the finest men to walk this planet, with or without golf. Check his work outside of golf, and you’ll see he’d been successful never having swung a club. If that is what is wrong with “American Pro’s” then so be it. I’m proud to know a man that sets and meets a goal despite what short sighted people may criticize him with. Other than Tiger, he has beaten everyone else to stand top of the Ryder Cup list.

August 10, 2008 at 12:24 pm
(6) Cary says:

The schedule Kenny Perry has played this year only highlights what is wrong with both Ryder Cup points and FedEx cup points. The points should be based each week on strength of field and not a the same number of points for every event (except for PGA events opposite majors/WGC events). This would have made it much harder for Kenny Perry to make a Ryder Cup by skipping significant events. He has the right to play the schedule he wants and the US has the right to field the best team possible. I hope he plays well in September but I am not convinced he will.

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