I know, I know – Angel Cabrera looks rock solid, but his putting has been so poor since winning the U.S. Open that I wonder how it will hold up today.
And Chad Campbell looked like he was feeling the pressure yesterday — and that wasn’t even Sunday at Augusta. Sure he’s been there before, but I’ll remind you that Oak Hill is in Rochester, and winning there is not like winning the Masters.
Which leaves me with Kenny Perry. He bombs the ball, looks cool and collected, and has been solid with his putter. Sure, I’ve thought some of his choices — like skipping the British Open last year — were odd to say the least, but he’s come a long way from his early days when it was unclear whether he’d make it on the PGA Tour.
Steve Elling has a fine account of those struggles in his column from last night:
Even after 13 PGA Tour victories and a berth on the Ryder Cup team last fall in his home state of Kentucky, it’s not at all difficult to appreciate the before-and-after photo of K.P.’s career trajectory.
“It was tough, we were scratching and clawing, trying to make ends meet,” he said. “Makes me really appreciate where I am today.”
And if Perry doesn’t make it happen, or if the leaders back up, I like someone sure and steady like Jim Furyk.