Kenny Perry: Collapse Reminiscient of Van De Velde

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 12:  Kenny Perry reacts to his chip shot on the first sudden death playoff hole during the final round of the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Clayton CoffmanAnalyst IApril 13, 2009

Every golf fan knows about Jean Van De Velde's epic letdown at the '99 British Open. He had a three-shot lead and blew it.

Well, it happened again in Augusta as Kenny Perry had a two-shot lead and then bogeyed the last two holes, forcing a playoff.

Kenny Perry has never won a major. He probably won't win one now. What yesterday's collapse showed us is that experience is key in winning majors. That's a cliche statement but it has never rung truer than the other day.

Perry had this victory in the bag. The massive crowd could smell his first major win and first green jacket.

But then something happened. A chain reaction in Perry's head led to his collapse. He lost the moxie, and in turn, lost his chance to capture a green jacket.

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