Kenny Perry finally dispatched Charlie Hoffman on the 3rd playoff hole to win the FBR Open. It was Perry's 13th career PGA victory. Perry announced earlier this year that his goal was to win 20 PGA events, which would gain him a lifetime exemption. Perry's been great at goal setting of late. His 2008 goal was to make the US Ryder Cup squad.
Perry had bogeyed the 18th in regulation to set up the playoff. Neither player seemed to want the win as they both bogeyed 18 to open the extra holes. That followed with both of them parring the 2nd playoff hole, the 10th, setting the stage for Perry's victorious 22 foot putt on 17. Kevin Na finished in solo 3rd after missing an 8 foot putt on 18 in regulation that would have added him to the playoff.
Early on the back nine there was a four way tie for the lead at -13. One by one the pretenders fell off with the exception of Hoffman. He and Perry finished regulation at -14, followed by Na at -13, then David Toms and James Nitties knotted at -12. There was a four way tie for 6th at -11 consisting of Ryan Moore, Matt Kuchar, Brian Gay, and Scott Piercy. Full field scores.
I like the 16th hole and the animal fans. It wouldn't work anywhere else, but here it fits. The crowd a crazies was decidedly smaller today as the Super Bowl stole some fans. It characterizes this tournament and the flavor spills out all over the venue. Too bad they can't attract a better field, and too bad Phil missed the cut.
*Average Golfer aside....Just started watching Springsteen's halftime show at the Super Bowl. I've never been a huge Springsteen fan, but why the sell out? Ain't he got enough money? By the way, I think he left his voice on the bus.