Notes Perry gets redemption Boo being Boo

By Associated PressSeptember 21, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ryder CupLOUISVILLE, Ky. ' Kenny Perrys career defining performance will also be his final one in Ryder Cup play.
 
With the Franklin, Ky. player working in front of a gallery packed with friends and family ' including his 84-year-old father, Ken Sr., in his trademark overalls ' Perry beat Henrik Stenson 3 and 2 in singles, giving him a 2-1-1 record in what he called one of the most memorable weeks of his life.
 
It was redemption of sorts for Perry, who blew a two-shot lead on the 18th during the final round of the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla and said for years the course owed him one. He rededicated himself this year to make the team, winning three times to earn a spot at age 48.
 
I said this was going to define my career, but you know what, it made my career, Perry said.
 
Perry made sure the 18th wouldnt come into play this time. He birdied four consecutive holes to take a 3-up lead after five holes and never let Stenson get closer than two the rest of the way.
 
The performance will be Perrys final one at the Ryder Cup. Dont look for him in Wales in 2010.
 
I want to go out on top, he said.
 
BOO BEING BOO
 
Boo Weekley is from western Florida, about 600 miles south of Valhalla, but you couldnt tell it from the way the Kentucky crowd adopted him this week.
 
From the chants of Booo every time he made a putt to the T-shirts proclaiming Kentucky as the home of the Red, White & Boo, the 35-year-old Weekley became a cult hero over the weekend.
 
I feel like Ive been adopted, Weekley said.
 
Maybe that explains Weekleys relaxed demeanor on the tee. Playing in arguably the biggest match of his life, Weekley drilled his tee shot then placed his driver between his legs and began riding it down the fairway.
 
GOING THE DISTANCE
 
Nine matches made it to the 18th hole over the first two days of the Ryder Cup, but those who staked out seats in the bleachers didnt get much action Sunday.
 
Only one match reached the final hole ' a halve between Hunter Mahan and Paul Casey.
 
The 10 matches going the distance this week were the fewest in a Ryder Cup since nine matches in 1995 at Oak Hill.
 
Under the current format that began in 1979, this was the first time that only one match reached the 18th hole on Sunday.
 
FAN WARS
 
The action in the galleries at Valhalla were almost as entertaining as the golf.
 
U.S. and Europe fans spent most of the week going back and forth, and the battle continued during singles play.
 
Several U.S. fans brought signs usually saved for football games. One read The Streak Ends Here while another read Not on our turf.
 
The European supporters had their own way of getting behind their stars, creating chants for some of the more popular players and turning the blue-and-gold Team Europe flag into just about every article of clothing you could imagine.
 
Europe captain Nick Faldo, however, wished hed had a few more blue-and-gold fans behind the ropes.
 
I wish we werent quite so outnumbered in the crowd, Faldo said. Maybe high gas prices kept some from coming over.
 
BAD BEHAVIOR
 
As if Lee Westwood wasnt having a hard enough time in front of a highly partisan gallery, the longtime European star got a prank call at his hotel room late Saturday night.
 
He wasnt the only one. Garcia received a similar call, though he slept through it. It didnt stop with the players. Westwood said someone called his parents at 4:30 a.m.
 
I found that quite amusing, Westwood said. It upset my dads preparation for walking around the course today.
 
NO HEROICS FOR LEONARD
 
Justin Leonard didnt get to play the hero this time.
 
Nine years after his 45-foot putt gave the U.S. its last Ryder Cup win, Leonard didnt win a hole to Europes red-hot Robert Karlsson, losing 5 and 3.
 
Leonard, who teamed with Hunter Mahan to go 2-0-1 during the opening two days of the match, is 0-1-2 in singles play.
 
Leonard worried after Saturdays foursomes match how much gas he had left in the tank and sat out the afternoon matches. It didnt help. He fell behind on the fourth hole and simply couldnt make up ground on Karlsson, who finished the week 1-1-2.
 
Some of Leonards magic, however, may have rubbed off on his playing partner this week. Mahan drilled a 60-foot birdie putt on the 17th, helping ensure a half against Paul Casey.
 
SEEING RED
 
Tiger Woods would have approved the U.S. teams outfits Sunday.
 
After wearing blue on Saturday, the team switched to red for the singles matches, and they werent the only ones.
 
Thousands of fans, at U.S. captain Paul Azingers request, followed suit. Azinger, however, didnt approve of all the red outfits.
 
A pair of European fans toted around red penguin figures and Azinger couldnt help but notice, telling people to forget about the red penguins and focus on the guys in the red shirts.
 
PASSING THE BATON
 
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear met with First Minister of Wales Rhodri Morgan on Sunday to pass the baton from Valhalla to Wales, which will host the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
 
Morgan and Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones participated in the closing ceremonies, which included flying the Wales flag part of the official exchange of responsibility for hosting the Ryder Cup.
 
The Cup will return to the United States at Medinah outside Chicago in 2012. Future sites include Gleneagles in Scotland in 2014, Hazeltine in Minnesota in 2016 and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020.
 
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    Watch: Daly makes birdie from 18-foot-deep bunker

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 11:14 pm

    John Daly on Friday somehow got up and down for birdie from the deepest bunker on the PGA Tour.

    The sand to the left of the green on the 16th hole at the Stadium Course at PGA West sits 18 feet below the surface of the green.

    That proved no problem for Daly, who cleared the lip three times taller than he is and then rolled in a 26-footer.

    He fared just slightly better than former Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill.

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    Koepka (wrist) likely out until the Masters

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 9:08 pm

    Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is expected to miss at least the next two months because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.

    Koepka, who suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU), is hoping to return in time for the Masters.

    In a statement released by his management company, Koepka said that doctors are unsure when the injury occurred but that he first felt discomfort at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-man event. Playing through pain, he also finished last at the Tournament of Champions, after which he underwent a second MRI that revealed the tear.

    Koepka is expected to miss the next eight to 12 weeks.

    “I am frustrated that I will now not be able to play my intended schedule,” Koepka said. “But I am confident in my doctors and in the treatment they have prescribed, and I look forward to teeing it up at the Masters. … I look forward to a quick and successful recovery.”

    Prior to the injury, Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix and cracked the top 10 in the world ranking. 

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    Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

    In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.


    Made Cut

    Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.

    Asked this week in Abu Dhabi about the U.S. team, which won the last Ryder Cup and appears to be rejuvenated by a collection of new players, McIlroy didn’t disappoint.

    “If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

    McIlroy has come by his confidence honestly, having won three of the four Ryder Cups he’s played, so it’s understandable if he doesn't feel like an underdog heaidng to Paris.

    “The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that,” he said. “The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    September can’t get here quick enough.

    Mr. Spieth goes to Ponte Vedra Beach. The Tour announced this year’s player advisory council, the 16-member group that works with the circuit’s policy board to govern.

    There were no real surprises to the PAC, but news that Jordan Spieth had been selected to run for council chair is interesting. Spieth, who is running against Billy Hurley III and would ascend to the policy board next year if he wins the election, served on the PAC last year and would make a fine addition to the policy board, but it is somewhat out of character for a marquee player.

    In recent years, top players like Spieth have largely avoided the distractions that come with the PAC and policy board. Of course, we’ve also learned in recent years that Spieth is not your typical superstar.


    Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

    On second thought. In December at the Hero World Challenge, Dustin Johnson was asked about a possible golf ball roll-back, which has become an increasingly popular notion in recent years.

    “I don't mind seeing every other professional sport. They play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball,” he said in the Bahamas. “I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage.”

    The world No. 1 appeared to dial back that take this week in Abu Dhabi, telling BBC Sport, “It's not like we are dominating golf courses. When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy?”

    Maybe it didn’t feel that way, but DJ’s eight-stroke romp two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions certainly looked pretty easy.

    Long odds. I had a chance to watch the Tour’s 15-minute integrity training video that players have been required view and came away with a mixture of confusion and concern.

    The majority of the video, which includes a Q&A element, focuses on how to avoid match fixing. Although the circuit has made it clear there is no indication of current match fixing, it’s obviously something to keep an eye on.

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    “My agent watched [the training video] for me,” said one Tour pro last week at the Sony Open.


    Missed Cut

    Groundhog Day. To be fair, no one expected Patton Kizzire and James Hahn to need six playoff holes to decide last week’s Sony Open, but the episode does show why variety is the spice of life.

    After finishing 72 holes tied at 17 under, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole again and again and again and again. In total, the duo played the par-5 closing hole at Waialae Country Club five times (including in regulation play) on Sunday.

    It’s worth noting that the playoff finally ended with Kizzire’s par at the sixth extra hole, which was the par-3 17th. Waialae’s 18th is a fine golf hole, but in this case familiarity really did breed contempt.

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    The alert turned out to be a mistake, someone pushed the wrong button during a shift change, but for many, like Peterson, it was a serious lesson in perspective.

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    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.