Perry won't defend Buick title

The Buick Open has lost its defending champion for the second time in three years. Last year’s champion, Kenny Perry, announced Tuesday that he is pulling out of the event to spend time with his cancer-stricken mother.

“It’s a great tournament, and I love the course, but I need to be with my family right now,” Perry said. “We have some tough decisions to make over the next few weeks.”

Perry’s mother, Mildred, is under hospice care as she battles multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.

Perry, 48, has made 18 starts this season, winning twice and losing in a playoff at the Masters.

What would minimize the loss of Perry to the field? Oh, how about if two-time former Buick Open champion Tiger Woods showed up. Some might say he owes the good people of Michigan a show. After all, two years ago, Tiger Woods skipped defending his title after the birth of his first child. Last year, Woods also missed the tournament after having reconstructive knee surgery. Not to mention that Woods endorsed Buick for nine years. Tournament officials surely are waiting with bated breath to hear from the 2002 and 2006 champion. Tiger and the rest of the field have until 5 p.m. Friday, July 24, to officially commit to playing.

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