Autograph requests abound

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Kenny Perry can point to 40 minutes of his life to prove that the spectators weren’t reading their U.S. Open guides at Bethpage Black.

That’s how long it took Perry to make his way from the 18th green to the clubhouse after finishing a practice round. This, despite the fact that it states emphatically in the guide that there is a “no autograph” policy in place. “This policy,” it states, “applies to practice rounds as well as championship rounds.”

No word on what Perry thinks of the “no autograph” policy, but we’re guessing he didn’t think it was very effective. Others were equally hounded, even unheralded names such as amateur Ben Martin and Frenchman Thomas Levet.

As he made his way through the gauntlet of autograph-seekers, Levet had an intriguing request. “Could you sign my wedding picture?” a woman asked as she shoved a 12 x 15 photo of her and her husband on their special day. “We got married here at Bethpage.”

Levet smiled, signed his name to the white border, and laughed.

“Never,” he said, when asked if he had ever autographed a wedding picture. “There’s always a first for everything.”

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