Perry Back to Where it All Began

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 18, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Bank of America ColonialA friend had a dream. You won a jacket, he relayed to Kenny Perry early in 2003. To which Perry responded, Was it green?
Actually, it was plaid ' red plaid. Not in the dream, but in real life.
Perry donned the plaid garment in Ft. Worth, Texas, becoming the answer to a trivia question: Who won the Bank of America Colonial the year Annika Sorenstam made her historic appearance?
With an audience extending far beyond the normal reaches of golf, Sorenstam soaked up world-wide attention on her way the most famous missed cut in PGA Tour history.
Meanwhile, Perry opened in 68-64 to share the 36-hole lead, before burying the field on Saturday with a course-record-tying 9-under 61. He led by eight strokes entering the final round, and withstood a near perfect performance by Justin Leonard on Sunday.
Leonard almost added to the historical week by shooting 59. Needing a birdie at the last to reach the magical number, he made bogey and settled for 61.
Even had Leonard shot 59 it wouldnt have been enough to catch Perry, who had a 68 and won by six strokes (his 261 total was a 72-hole tournament scoring record); though, it would have been appropriate ' Perrys victory would have been overshadowed from start to finish.
Ill probably be remembered as the guy who won Annikas event, but thats OK with me, he said at the time.
For that, definitely. But not for that alone.
Perry had been a consistent performer throughout his previous 16 seasons on tour. He had never finished outside the top 100 on the money list and had collected four victories ' but only one since 1995.
Then came the Bank of America Colonial, which proved to be the spark plug this collector of vintage cars needed.
Perry won the next week at the Memorial Tournament, and two starts thereafter at the Greater Milwaukee Open.
He also tied for third in the U.S. Open, tied for eighth in the British Open, tied for 10th in the PGA Championship and tied for ninth in the Tour Championship.
He finished the season sixth on the money list with over $4.4 million. His three victories nearly doubled his career total, pushing the amount to seven in 17 years.
It was a magical summer for me last year, and it all started right here, he told an audience of Bank of America Colonial tournament officials and volunteers in March.
I dont think of myself as an elite player, he added. I think of myself as a blue-collar golfer who goes out every day and works to be his best.
Regardless of self perception, Perry is ranked ninth in the world and is in great shape to make his first Ryder Cup team, as he is currently fifth in the U.S. standings.
Just like last year, Perry enters the Bank of America Colonial with a pair of top-5 finishes under his belt, but no victories.
It will be a tall task to get that first win here.
Ben Hogan is the only repeat winner in the tournaments 56-year history. He won the first two editions, in 1946 and 47, and then again in 52 and 53 (he also won in 1959).
Julius Boros (1960, 63), Billy Casper (1964, 68), Lee Trevino (1976, 78), Ben Crenshaw (1977, 90), Bruce Lietzke (1980, 92), Nick Price (1994, 2002) and Corey Pavin (1985, 96) are the other multiple champions.
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.