Kenny Perry to skip British Open

UNDATED (AP) - Professional golfer Kenny Perry never imagined
facing so much criticism over where to play golf.
Perry will skip the British Open next week to play in the John
Deere Classic this week, and the U.S. Bank Championship in
Milwaukee next week.
Perry says he committed to those tournaments when he was ranked 100th in the world. Now he's 20th, and says he's not backing out on them.
Perry, originally from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is also close to
sewing up a spot on the United States' team that will compete for
the Ryder Cup at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club.
Perry was not eligible for the Masters, and chose not to go
through 36-hole qualifying for the U.S. Open. He could become the
first to clinch a spot on the Ryder Cup team without having played
in a major that year.

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