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Kenny Perry out to be with dying mother

Masters runner-up Kenny Perry said on Tuesday that he will not defend his crown at the 5.1 million-dollar PGA Buick Open next week so he can be with his mother as she fights blood cancer.

The US PGA Tour veteran who turns 49 next month wants to attend to his mother Mildred, who is receiving hospice care, and as a result will not seek his third title of the season in the event at Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Perry - part of the US team that regained the Ryder Cup last year in convincing style over Europe - said he considered not playing in last week's British Open before doctors assured him that his mother would be all right while he competed at Turnberry in Scotland.

Perry won in February at Scottsdale, Arizona, in a playoff and captured the crown at Hartford, Connecticut, last month to boost his career title total to 14 PGA events.

But he missed out on his first major title last April at Augusta National Golf Club, squandering a lead over the final holes of regulation play and losing a sudden-death playoff on the second hole to Argentina's Angel Cabrera.


July 22, 2009

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