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Kenny Perry to miss a month after surgery

American Kenny Perry is unable to defend his title at this week's Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Florida because of knee surgery.

The world number 16 had an operation to repair torn cartilage in his right knee on Monday and will be out of action for at least a month, his agent Dave Parker told Reuters.

Perry will miss next week's Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and the first major of the year, the U.S. Masters at Augusta National starting on April 6.

"The surgery went well with nothing unexpected and he is already back at home getting comfortable," Parker said.

"But he is going to be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks so that rules him out of the Masters."

The 45-year-old Perry, who damaged his knee at the season-opening Mercedes Championships in Hawaii, has set his sights on returning to defend his title at the Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas from May 18-21.

Perry, who has played in the last two Presidents Cups and the 2004 Ryder Cup, has won nine times on the PGA Tour.

He became the oldest winner at Bay Hill a year ago when he beat Briton Graeme McDowell and Vijay Singh by two strokes.

Singh was tied with Perry after 71 holes but the Fijian found water with his second shot at the last to gift the American his first PGA Tour title in two years.

This year's $5.5 million tournament starts on Thursday.

March 14, 2006


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