The pick for this week's U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee is as close to a no-brainer as they come when Tiger Woods is not in the field.
After all, it's not often the highest-ranked player in the field also possesses a record at that tournament that shows six consecutive top-10 finishes (including a win), while shooting a cumulative 79-under par.
And although those stats sound positively Tigeresque, they belong to Kenny Perry, a fixture in Milwaukee as much as the Miller Brewing Co. On a course that rewards solid ball striking, Perry -- a greens-in-regulation machine who ranked third in that stat last year and is 10th in 2006 -- has thrived, winning in 2003 and posting no worse than a 9-under total in any of his last half-dozen visits to Brown Deer Park GC.
Perry missed the cut at the British, but that only gave him an extra two days to recover from jet lag -- not an insignificant thing for a player over 40 still recovering from knee surgery. And a T-12 at the Cialis Western Open and a T-13 at the rain-soaked Booz Allen Classic indicate his game is starting to come around. Karma is on his side, too. Loren Roberts won for the second time there at 45 years of age and Perry is just shy of his 46th birthday.
As I said, a no-brainer.