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The Tour Report

July 30 2010

3:02 PM

Perry, Garcia help miners

Perry gives back

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