Its nice to get back in my office, said Perry, who shot 3-under 67 in the opening round. Its nice to get back where I dont have to listen to all that baloney.
Perry finally found some peace at Brown Deer Park Golf Course, after several days of harsh criticism from players and the media over his decision to honor a commitment and play in Milwaukee instead of the British Open.
In some ways, it wound up being a wise decision.
Brutal wind and rain greeted the opening round at Royal Birkdale, driving scores into the 80s for many notable players.
Phil Mickelson lost his ball in the rough at No. 6, took a penalty and wound up with a triple bogey and a round of 79. Ernie Els struggled down the stretch with three straight 6s and shot 80, and Vijay Singh played the first 11 holes in 10 over on his way to an 80.
Its a great tournament, Perry said, but that tournaments always based on weather. When Ive been over there and had great weather, Ive loved it. When Ive been over there and I was holding an umbrella and it was caving in around me and the rain was blowing sideways its just a very brutal, minimal test of golf.