This has gone on a tad too long. Get over it, people. The “incident” happened at the FBR Open in February and wasn’t brought to public attention, or Kenny Perry’s for that matter, until THE PLAYERS Championship in May – four months later. I wonder if it would have even been an issue had he not been runner-up at the Masters. Now, the video of the shot-in-question has been seen by just about as many people who saw the Paris Hilton sex tape.
On Tuesday, Bob Verdi was the first person to finally ask Perry about it.
You’re allowed to ground your club in the rough. Now, if they want to change the rule where you can’t ground your club in the rough, that’s different. I’ve looked at it 100 times since I became aware people were talking about it. I set the club down behind the ball to find the ground. Then I set it down to the left of the ball, again just to find the ground. If you lay your club behind the ball, the grass is going to move. Has to. But if there is no intent to improve your lie, then it’s within the rules.
If you’ve ever played competitive golf, then you know what he means. When your ball is sitting down in the rough like that, you will sometimes put your club behind the ball to figure out what you’re working with. It doesn’t mean you’re “improving your lie.” Trust me, I understand that it is of utmost importance to abide by the rules (duh) and part of it is about players having integrity. So, go ahead – have a little debate and review the video. PGA Tour officials and John Paramour, rules guru for the European Tour, did just that and did NOT find him guilty of trying to improve his lie.
Even Charley Hoffman, who Perry beat on that hole in a playoff, thought it was crazy and didn’t see the problem. Don’t you think if anyone would have a problem with what allegedly happened, it’d be the Hoff? Yeah. I mean, he probably said something like, “No worries, brah. I’m going to ride some waves. Catch ya later.” That’s besides the point.
Can you believe that Perry would actually intend to cheat? We’re talking about one of the most gracious and honorable players, not to mention, professional athletes out there. In my opinion, he’s the epitome of how one should act.
Perry is right – “Everybody wants to put dirt on you. People like dirty laundry, I guess.” For whatever reason, we do tend to harp on the negative. Say if someone does 10 really great things and makes one “mistake,” which will everyone remember? The latter. We’re all guilty of it, but the jerk guy who brought this incident to light FOUR MONTHS LATER needs to take a long look in the mirror and ask himself what his intent was.
We can sit around and continue this debate about whether or not Perry cheated, what his intent was, if officials let him off the hook, etc. But let’s save ourselves the time and trouble and call it a day.