Birthday Boy Shoots 64 to Lead Buick Open
But youd be hard pressed to find many on that team who are playing better now than Perry.
With six top-20 finishes in his last seven starts, Perry is steadily moving up the money list and back into winning form.
Perry celebrated his 41st birthday Friday by shooting an 8-under-par 64 to take the 36-hole lead at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Thats about as good as I can play, said Perry. I didnt leave much out there.
Perry stands at 14-under-par 130, three shots clear of Jim Furyk (69), Bob Tway (65) and Brett Quigley (65).
Furyk shared the first-round lead after shooting 64. His fellow co-leader, Brian Henninger, fell into a tie for 10th following a 1-under 71.
After earning his first top-10 of the season at the Byron Nelson, Perry finished tied for 7th at both the Memorial Tournament and the Canon Greater Hartford Open.
Two starts later, Perry opened in 66-63 to take a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Greater Milwaukee Open. However, he closed in 71-70 to tie for fifth.
Friday, Perry followed his wifes advice.
She told me to go out and give myself a nice birthday present, said Perry, who is seeking his first PGA Tour victory since the 1995 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Perry birdied his first three holes, then told his caddie: The game is on.
Perry went on to shoot 6-under 29 on the outward half, including birdies over his final three holes.
You dont expect to birdie 8 and 9, and when I birdied 7, 8 and 9, I started thinking about some crazy score. I started thinking about (shooting) 59, he said.
Unfortunately, Perrys momentum subsided on the back nine as the pace of play began to slow.
He made birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, but an errant tee shot on the par-4 18th led to his lone bogey of the round.
While Perry wont be making the trip to The Belfry for the Ryder Cup Matches, Furyk is a definite possibility.
In fact, he can sew up a spot this week.
Currently 11th in the U.S. standings, Furyk played steadily on Friday, carding four birdies and one bogey.
Five players are tied for fifth place at 10-under, including European Ryder Cup lock, Padraig Harrington (67).
Phil Mickelson is among a large group of players at 9-under after shooting 70.
Full-field scores from the Buick Open
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18