Kenny Perry, Colin Montgomerie make for exciting duo
BY HERB GOULD For Sun-Times Media June 19, 2014 9:54PM
Kenny Perry hits a tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the 75th Senior PGA Championship golf tournament at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ORG XMIT: MIPS10
Updated: July 21, 2014 4:12PM
If you’re looking for some excitement when the
Encompass Championship begins Friday at North Shore Country Club, keep an eye on the 8:10 a.m. group off the first tee.
Kenny Perry, who tends to drain long shots when he’s not witnessing them, will be in the same group with Colin Montgomerie, the always-entertaining Senior PGA champion.
‘‘I’d never made anything over 200 yards [before],’’ Perry, who holed a 220-yard hybrid last week at Pinehurst No. 2, said Thursday. ‘‘To do it at a U.S. Open was pretty special.’’
Perry also got to see a hole-in-one when his playing partner, Zach Johnson, aced No. 9 on Sunday. That’s the same hole Peter Jacobsen made a hole-in-one on in the 2005 U.S. Open. His playing partner? Perry.
‘‘I’m just a lucky charm, I guess,’’ Perry said.
While Perry has a remarkably effective everyman swing, the high-finishing Montgomerie is more regal with a golf club in his hand. Both are getting the job done this year. Montgomerie ranks third in the Charles Schwab Cup standings; Perry is fourth.
Perry has a 3-1 lead on Montgomerie in senior
major victories. But Montgomerie, who ended a personal U.S. drought to go with a major void, believes his victory last month at the
Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Mich., might be an indicator of continued success.
‘‘Over the years, in trying to win a major championship in America, was I impatient?’’ Montgomerie said. ‘‘Was I thinking about the result before it happened, all the things you’re told by psychologists not to do? I didn’t feel that on the last day at Benton Harbor. I didn’t get ahead of myself and think about the result. I just played every shot one at a time. Hopefully, that’ll stand me in [good] stead the next tournament.’’
Craig Stadler, who won the inaugural Encompass Championship a year ago, will be paired in the 7:59 a.m.
group with Jeff Sluman,
who was instrumental in bringing the tournament to Chicago.
The final four first-tee groups after Perry-Montgomerie feature Nick Price, Mark O’Meara, Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer, Hale
Irwin and Rocco Mediate, which should provide plenty of interesting golf.
With the BMW being played in Denver this year and the LPGA Tour not coming to town, the Encompass event is the only pro tournament in the Chicago area in 2014.
‘‘It is surprising,’’ Sluman said. ‘‘This year, we’re the only show in town. Hopefully, we’ll give them a good show.’’