Perry puts up a fight
BEDMINSTER, N.J. – Jordan Spieth said yesterday that he was “just chillin’’ at the U.S. Junior, but he was doing far from that in his round-of-32 match against Jack Perry, the 99th-ranked player in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings.
At one point, Perry had a 2-up lead but the two finished 18 holes all square and went to an extra playoff hole. After both missed the green with their approaches, Perry pitched up to 6 or so feet while Spieth had a 4-footer for his par.
With a large gallery – which included club owner Donald Trump and men’s college golf head coach heavyweights Chris Haack (Georgia), Mike McGraw (Oklahoma State), and Derek Freeman (UCLA) – following the match, Perry’s par attempt lipped out badly setting the stage for Spieth to hole his and barely escape the round of 32.
“My goal was to give him a run for his money, and I definitely did that,” said Perry afterward. “He puts his pants on one leg at a time and can be beat. I just didn’t beat him.”