Perry skips title defense to be with dying mother


2006 Buick OpenNASHVILLE, Tenn. ' Kenny Perry will not be defending his title at the Buick Open next week in Michigan so he can stay near his cancer-stricken mother.
Perrys mother, Mildred, is under hospice care as she battles blood cancer.
Obviously I regret not being able to defend my title at the Buick, said Perry. Its a great tournament, and I love the course, but I need to be with my family right now. We have some tough decisions to make over the next few weeks.
He said Tuesday he considered pulling out of the British Open last week until doctors assured him that his mother would be OK while he was in Scotland.
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