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Originally published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

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Kenny Perry hopes to find his swing, and a replacement driver shaft

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SNOQUALMIE — One of the favorites in the Boeing Classic says he hasn’t found a satisfactory replacement for the driver shaft that was broken in transit getting to Seattle.

Kenny Perry is still mad at Delta Airlines and said a replacement shaft has robbed him of up to 15 yards in distance.

“It wasn’t that good in the pro-am, so that’s pretty disappointing,” Perry said Thursday after finishing his round in the Korean Air Pro-Am.

Perry, whose two wins this year came in tournaments designated as “majors,” leads the tour’s money list with $1.6 million. He is No. 3 on the tour in driving distance with an average of 288.9 yards.

Notes

• The Boeing Classic boasts of one of the most unusual starting rituals in U.S. sports — a flyover over the course by a commercial jet.

This year’s flyover plane is an Emirates Airline 777. It is scheduled to fly up over the 18th fairway at 11:20 a.m.

The planes for the Military Appreciation Day flyover Sunday will be a P-51 Mustang and a B-25 Mitchell from Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection.

In keeping with the aviation theme, the tournament winner is presented with an aviator jacket on the 18th green.

Rocco Mediate, who lost the famous 2008 playoff to Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open, on whether Tiger will beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 victories in majors:

“If he fixes his golf swing, he will beat the record. If he doesn’t, he won’t.”

Woods has been stalled at 14 victories since his 19-hole playoff win over Mediate.

Fred Couples said Thursday that being forced to withdraw after one swing in last year’s Boeing Classic because of intense back pain was “a touch embarrassing to me.”

He said it was “weird” to be leaving the course in a car when people were driving toward the course to see him play.

• When Fred Funk arrived at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge on Monday, he said he wanted to do some hiking this week. He wound up enjoying hikes to Rattlesnake Ledge outside North Bend and Tiger Mountain near Issaquah.

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