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Kenny Perry top draw in Milwaukee

With most of the top golfers still making their way back across the Atlantic after the British Open, the NFL's Brett Favre is likely to be the biggest attraction at this week's Milwaukee Championship in Wisconsin.

The appearance of the Green Bay Packers quarterback, a local favourite, in the pre-tournament pro-am is sure to draw a large crowd to the Brown Deer Park course.

Former champion Kenny Perry and Scott Verplank are the only two members of the world's top 30 who will tee it up in the $3.8 million main event.

U.S. Ryder Cup player Stewart Cink and Sean O'Hair were the latest competitors to pull out on Monday.

O'Hair claimed his maiden PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic two weeks ago before following up with a 15th-place finish in the British Open.

Perry, the world number 10 and twice a winner this season, arrives in Milwaukee hoping to ride the momentum of an 11th-place finish at St Andrews.

He will be the red-hot favourite to add to his victories at Bay Hill and the Colonial if he can overcome jet-lag.

"I just hate that the championship is after the British Open," Perry told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"I'm not a good traveller. I came in there last year and was kind of flat. Hopefully, I can get readjusted.

"I only leave the United States for the British Open. I don't usually travel outside the country."

Paraguay's Carlos Franco, who has recorded two of his four tour wins at the Milwaukee Championship, is back to defend the title he won last year by two shots after firing four consecutive rounds in the 60s.

Franco has missed the cut in eight of 16 events but a fifth-place finish at the Wachovia Championship in May and a return to the tree-lined fairways of Brown Deer Park, one of the few municipal courses used on the tour, may boost his confidence.

No one has won back-to-back Milwaukee Championship titles.

Measuring 6,759 yards, the par-70 layout places a premium on driving accuracy with its thick rough and tight fairways.

"It's just straightforward golf," said Perry, who has finished no worse than seventh in the event.

"You have to drive it straight which is why I like it. There are no tricks out there."

 

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