By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
The cut line sits at even par right now and while it’s still early in the second round, it looks like Ben Crane will have a short week at Colonial.
Crane, who came into the week as one of the PGA TOUR’s most accurate players off the tee and into the green, ranking eighth in driving accuracy and 19th in greens in regulation, has been anything but that this week.
Through 33 holes, Crane has hit just 13 fairways and 18 greens and is 8 over for the week.
In terms of performance, his opening 75 was his worst score in relation to par since last year’s TOUR Championships presented by Coca-Cola where he shot 76 in the third round. It’s also just his seventh round over par in 31 rounds on TOUR this year.
Other notables currently on the wrong side of the cut: John Daly, Kenny Perry, Jerry Kelly and Trevor Immelman.
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Kenny Perry won bragging rights to the 50-and-over competitors at TPC Sawgrass in the 2011 PLAYERS Championship, finishing 4 under after a a 73 on Sunday.
Perry, who has played in THE PLAYERS 23 straight years, owns two
top-10 finishes at TPC Sawgrass, tying for third in 1996 and fourth
Corey Pavin, 51, made his 26th start at THE PLAYERS, including 24 straight until missing 2008 and again in 2010, fired a 71 Sunday to finish 2 under for the week.
The oldest player in the field, 54-year-old Mark O'Meara, who was near the top of the leaderboard after a 66 in Round 1, never regained that form in the next three rounds and finished 8 over. This was his first PLAYERS since 2003, having qualified via his victory in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Kenny Perry has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he shot a 7-over 79 in the opening round. Perry made nine bogeys and two birdies. In five previous starts this year, Perry missed the cut three times. His best finish was a tie for 43rd at The Honda Classic.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Not much has gone right for Kenny Perry so far this season. When you’ve won 14 times in your PGA TOUR career but your best finish in four appearances this year is a tie for 43rd at The Honda Classic, you’re looking for anything to help change your luck.
Perry serves as a spokesman for Transitions and this week’s stop at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club was always going to be on his playing schedule. However, as fate would have it, the Kentucky native received an added bonus last Sunday night when he found out Kentucky would be playing its opening game in this year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament in Tampa as well.
Another bit of good fortune went Perry’s way on Tuesday when he received an 8:58 a.m. tee time for Round 1 on Thursday. He’ll be able to finish early enough to easily make the short drive to the St. Petersburg Times Forum in downtown Tampa when the Wildcats tip-off against Princeton that same afternoon.
“I’ve never been to an NCAA Basketball Tournament game,” Perry said. “The fact that Kentucky’s here in this region the same week that I’m playing in the PGA TOUR event in Tampa makes it special.”
And hopefully the Wildcats will provide the impetus to turn around Perry’s game in 2011. – Phil Stambaugh
Kenny Perry has never had a lot of success at Firestone Country Club. On Thursday, though, he matched his low round of 66, shot three times previously, and was tied with Phil Mickelson for second, two strokes behind Bubba Watson
Perry expects the scores to be lower overall on Thursday due to heavy overnight rains that softened fairways on the South Course and made the greens more receptive.
"Normally the greens are very fast, very firm, and we've got narrow fairways out there, so the ball was plugging in the fairways," Perry said. "I had mud on my golf ball quite a few shots."
As an example, Perry mentioned the drive he pulled on the fourth hole. The fairway slopes hard to the left but the ball stayed in the short grass.
"In the past that would have always gone in the left rough," Perry said. ".. The ball stayed in the left side of the fairway. We got lucky there. I guess if you got it somewhere in the fairway, it's going to stay in the fairway."
Bubba Watson just rolled in a 38-footer from the fringe at the 18th hole to polish off a 64 that gave him a two-stroke lead over Kenny Perry.
Perry, playing two groups ahead on the opposite nine, had a bogey-free 66 while Chad Campbell finished with a 67 that also featured no shots dropped to par.
Kenny Perry, who is five days shy of his 50th birthday, has been strangely quiet this year.
Perry’s best finish on the PGA TOUR in 2010 is the sixth place he posted at the season-opening SBS Championship. But if he continues playing like he is on Thursday, the big man from Kentucky could be in line for an early birthday present.
Perry started on the back nine and chipped in at the 11th hole for his first birdie. He made a 17-foot putt at the 18th hole for his second and has just added two more from 15 and 4 feet on the sixth and eighth holes.
Perry, who is one stroke behind Bubba Watson, will turn 50 on Tuesday as he prepares for his 20th PGA Championship. The veteran has 14 PGA TOUR victories. -- Helen Ross
Prior to the start of The Greenbrier Classic, Bob Stevens from the PGA TOUR Network spoke with Kenny Perry about his pledge to help families affected by the Upper Big Branch mine disaster and how he plans to give back.
Kenny Perry and Sergio Garcia certainly have a lot to play for at The Greenbrier Classic this week. Both are bidding to win for the first time in 2010, earn coveted FedExCup points and impress their respective Ryder Cup captains.
Beyond the personal goals, though, the two men have another, dual agenda. Each has pledged money for the birdies – and in Garcia’s case, the eagles -- they make this week to help the 29 families affected by the April mining disaster in West Virginia.
Perry, who is from Kentucky, got things rolling when he pledged $2,000 for every birdie he makes. Garcia joined the cause by promising $1,000 for every birdie and $5,000 for eagles. Jim Justice, who owns The Greenbrier, and Anthony Carrara, who owns Amthor Steel and Cararra Steel, have also pledged to match the donations of Perry and Garcia
Garcia fired a 67 on Friday to move to 5 under for the tournament. He’s made 10 birdies, so he’s currently at the 10,000 mark for the families with two rounds remaining.
Perry, on the other hand, is battling to make the cut. He opened with a 75 that included just one birdie but the veteran is 2 under through five holes in the second round with two birdies. -– Helen Ross
Take note, Monty. Sergio Garcia made a move up the leaderboard on Friday – shooting a 67 that left him at 5 under for the tournament and five strokes off Boo Weekley’s lead. It’s the first time he’s had consecutive rounds in the 60s since The Honda Classic earlier this year.
Right now, though, the Spaniard isn’t qualified for the European Ryder Cup team and it’s hard to image a squad without the fiery Garcia, who has been a mainstay of the last five. So Captain Colin Montgomerie will have a difficult choice.
Garcia’s only top-10 of the season came when he finished fourth at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February. But the match play maestro is showing signs of a resurgence after tying for 22nd at the U.S. Open and 14th at the British Open in his last two starts. – Helen Ross
Ever since Kenny Perry broke his Ping Craz-E putter in the beginning of the season, he’s been searching for new one. Saturday, he put a Bobby Grace model into play and it’s obviously getting the job done -- Perry had six birdies, no bogeys and shot 65, taking 28 putts (1.625 per green in regulation) along the way.
That not only moved Perry 48 spots up the leaderboard, it’s given him some much-needed confidence.
“I've made 14 out of 15 cuts, but I cannot seem to get competitive,” Perry said. “I'm always finishing 20th to 60th each week. So this is a step in the right direction, especially getting ready to head to the British.”
Perry has just one top-10 this season and that came back at the season-opening SBS Championship. At last week’s Travelers Championship, where he was the defending champion, he barely made the cut then finished near the bottom of the leaderboard after rounds of 73 on the weekend.
“I just have to find something I'm comfortable with,” Perry said about his ongoing putter search. “I've had everybody sending me putters. It's incredible how many people have sent me putters. I've got a houseful right now.”
For now, he seems to have found at least one that works. -- Brian Wacker