Perry, Holmes Stumping for Ryder Cup Pairing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky.: J.B. Holmes stood on the 13th tee at Valhalla, listened to the urging from the crowd and pulled out the driver.

One big swing and 338 yards later, the ball settled 15 feet from the cup.

No wonder Kenny Perry wants to play with him.

The two Kentuckians and U.S. Ryder Cup teammates put on a show in front of their homestate fans during practice on Tuesday, providing a glimpse of what their gallery would look like if they get paired together when the Cup starts on Friday.

The politicking from Perry has already begun.

"I thought it would be special for two Kentuckians to lead the charge out here to try to win the Cup back," Perry said. "I guess it could backfire if we don't play well and they kick us pretty bad. It could also have a reverse role too. I just think with the energy and the excitement, I just think it's going to put a lot of pressure on the Europeans."

U.S. captain Paul Azinger said he's thought about sending Perry and Holmes out first to "get this crowd rocking" and Perry said he'd prefer them playing in the alternate shot format, where Holmes' length could set up Perry's precision.

"He's such a dominant force," Perry said of Holmes. "The whole world loves power, if it's who can throw the baseball the fastest or who can hit the ball the farthest. If he can get guys like that hot and get them into the game, they're going to be tough to beat."

Holmes, a Ryder Cup rookie, said he's hoping to play with Perry but will defer to Azinger.

"He's the captain and he's going to do what he thinks is right, and if that's sending us off first on Friday, that's great with me," Holmes said. "I'd love to go out there and start it off with a bang. That would be awesome."


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