Supplement to “Kenny Perry: Golf’s Class Act”
KENNY PERRY STATS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• 2009 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award
• Won the Charles Bartlett Award in 2002 for his continuing charitable contributions to the community
• Shot a 59 in competitive professional golf
• Had eight consecutive top-10 finishes in 2003, including three wins, as well as three top-10 finishes in the majors (tied for 3rd–U.S Open, tied for 8th–British Open, and tied for 10th–PGA Championship)
• Member of the Western Kentucky University Hall of Fame
• Inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2003
• Member of the 2004 and 2008 Ryder Cup teams
• Member of the 1996, 2003, 2005, and 2009 Presidents Cup teams
• Perry turns 50 on August 10, 2010
PERRY REFLECTS ON HIS CAREER
“I’ve kind of been a freak to be able play as long as I have,” Perry says of his 28-year professional golf career. “I was able to rub shoulders with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player and Lee Trevino. I’ve also seen the evolution of the game to the guys today. The journey has been great. It’s been a pretty neat career.” (Perry turned pro in 1982. He made the Tour in 1986. You don’t have to make the Tour to turn pro.)
PERRY’S GREATEST MOMENT
Perry says his greatest moment in golf was winning the Ryder Cup in 2008 and having his dad, Ken, walk out onto the 16th green to give him a hug. A biennial contest, the Ryder Cup is one of the few events in golf in which you compete as part of a team rather than as an individual.
PERRY ON THREE-TIME MEMORIAL WIN
When he won the Memorial Tournament in 2008, Perry joined Tiger Woods as the only player to win Jack Nicklaus’ tournament three times. Perry enjoyed the celebration with his wife, Sandy, and their three children, Lesslye, Justin, and Lindsey.
PERRY’S ADVICE FOR AMATEUR GOLFERS
“Just have fun. Golf should be five hours of fun—laughing, crying, and aggravating your buddies. Let your hair down. I like to smell the grass, the water, and my dad’s cigar smoke. I like to laugh. It’s good for the soul.
“The game will test you in every way,” Perry says, “but there is almost always one special shot that brings you back.”
To read the Kentucky Living June 2010 feature that goes along with this supplement, go to Kenny Perry: Golf’s Class Act.