|— Golfer —|
Perry at the 2009 Masters Tournament
|Full name||James Kenneth Perry|
August 10, 1960 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Children||Lesslye, Justin, Lindsey|
|College||Western Kentucky University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T2: 2009|
|U.S. Open||T3: 2003|
|The Open Championship||T8: 2003|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 1996|
|Achievements and awards|
|Payne Stewart Award||2009|
|Charles Schwab Cup||2013|
|Jack Nicklaus Trophy
Player of the Year)
James Kenneth Perry (born August 10, 1960) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, for which he became eligible following his 50th birthday. On June 30, 2013, Perry won his first senior major championship at the Constellation Senior Players Championship, then won his second consecutive senior major the next month at the U.S. Senior Open, and then took the Regions Tradition in May 2014.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Honors
- 5 Professional wins (23)
- 6 Results in major championships
- 7 Senior major championships
- 8 U.S. national team appearances
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Perry was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and raised in Franklin, Kentucky. His parents are Ken and Mildred Perry. He was introduced to the game of golf by his father at the age of seven. He started his high school golf career at Franklin-Simpson High School. Shortly thereafter, his father accepted a job opportunity in McCracken County a few miles outside Paducah, Kentucky. Kenny attended high school and played on the golf team at Lone Oak High School, which is also in McCracken County and adjacent to Paducah. After graduating from Lone Oak, he attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Perry has three children (Lesslye (Harris), Justin and Lindsey) with his wife, Sandy Perry. His son Justin played on Western Kentucky University's golf team, and has also caddied for his father on several occasions. His mother, Mildred, died on October 1, 2009, at the age of 79 at her home in Franklin while under Hospice care after a long battle with multiple myeloma a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow.
Perry turned professional in 1982. He failed in his first two attempts to qualify for the PGA Tour at Q-school. He missed by 1 stroke one year and received word that his wife had gone into labor during the fourth round the next year. He had been sponsored by a group of about twenty individuals, many local citizens from Franklin, in his early play on the mini-tours and his first two attempts at Q-school. In 1985, a Franklin businessman and David Lipscomb University (now simply Lipscomb University) graduate lent him $5000 for a last shot at Q-school. Rather than repay the loan, he was asked to give a percentage of his tour earnings to Lipscomb if he qualified. He tied for 40th at Q-school, earning his card with a two-shot cushion. Perry and his benefactor agreed on 5 percent, and he has maintained that commitment to Lipscomb ever since in the form of a scholarship for residents of Simpson County, Kentucky.
In Perry's first few seasons, he struggled to retain his qualification status. He made his first big (for the time) check on the PGA Tour ($55,000) with a T-4 finish at the Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational in May 1987. Shortly after that tournament, Perry repaid all of the money put up by all of his original sponsors, even though he had no legal obligation to do so. Perry got his first win in 1991 at the Memorial Tournament. Two more wins followed in the mid 1990s, another in 2001, and three victories in 2003.
In 1996, Perry was in contention at the PGA Championship held at Valhalla in his native Kentucky. He had a one shot lead on the last hole but took a bogey and proceeded to be beaten in the playoff by Mark Brooks.
Perry played in the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. On the first day, Perry played in an afternoon foursome with Stewart Cink and they lost to Sergio García and Luke Donald (2 & 1). On the third day, Perry played in a singles match and lost to Lee Westwood (1 up). Team Europe defeated Team USA 18½ to 9½.
In 2005, Perry won at the Bay Hill Invitational and the Bank of America Colonial. The following year, he became the 10th man to reach $20 million in PGA Tour career earnings in addition to taking an 8-week break from the tour to recover from knee surgery. He was in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for over 100 weeks from 2003–2005 and 2009-2010.
Since returning from arthroscopic knee surgery in early 2006, Perry struggled to find the previous form he had from 2003 to 2005. However, in 2008, he had a steady start making 10 cuts in his first 11 tournaments, and beginning in the middle of May he had six top ten finishes in eight starts, including three victories in the Memorial Tournament, the Buick Open, and the John Deere Classic (in which he beat Jay Williamson and Brad Adamonis in a playoff). He received some criticism for skipping major championships in 2008 in order to concentrate on qualifying for the Ryder Cup team. He was eager to make the team as the event was being held in his native Kentucky, and he helped the USA win the cup for the first time since 1999.
Perry played in the 2008 Ryder Cup at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. On the first day, Perry played a morning foursome with Jim Furyk and they halved the match with Sergio García and Lee Westwood. On the second day, Perry played a morning foursome with Furyk and they defeated Pádraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson (3 & 1). Also on day two, Perry played an afternoon fourball with Furyk and they lost to Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell (1 up). On the third day, Perry played in a singles match and defeated Henrik Stenson (3 & 2). Team USA defeated Team Europe 16½ to 11½.
Despite rumors that he would retire following Team USA's Ryder Cup victory, Perry confirmed at the start of the 2009 PGA Tour season that he hoped to win at least eight more tournaments, which would take his career total to 20. Twenty wins ensures a lifetime PGA Tour membership.
Perry won his first event in 2009 in his third start at the FBR Open, where he defeated Charley Hoffman on the third playoff hole with a birdie. It was his 13th career tour win. He maintained a rich vein of form throughout the first few months of the 2009 season, making ten cuts in ten events and registering five top-10 finishes during this streak. He was leading the 2009 Masters Tournament by two strokes with two holes to go, but recorded two straight bogies to go into a playoff with Ángel Cabrera and Chad Campbell. He then bogeyed the second hole of the playoff, handing victory to Cabrera. Perry would have become the oldest winner of The Masters at 48 years old, 8 months, and 2 days. He received over 700 letters and emails in the aftermath of his playoff defeat, including a note from former President George W. Bush.
Perry won his second event of 2009 at the Travelers Championship in June, coming from one stroke behind Paul Goydos. Perry shot a final round 63 and won his 14th tour event, one win closer to his goal of 20 career wins. He won the event by three strokes over Goydos and fellow American David Toms. With the win he moved into a career high spot of four at the Official World Golf Ranking.
Perry is one of the highest all-time PGA Tour money winners without a major championship, with career earnings of over $31 million while coming up short in the 1996 PGA Championship and 2009 Masters Tournament, both in playoffs. For his success in leading the USA to victory in the Ryder Cup, he and fellow Kentuckian J. B. Holmes were named Kentuckians of the Year for 2008 by Kentucky Monthly magazine. He is good friends with former World Number 1 player Vijay Singh, who calls him "Biggie".
Perry began playing on the Champions Tour after turning 50 in August 2010 while continuing to play on the PGA Tour. He won his first event in October 2011 at the SAS Championship. He nearly withdrew from the event after learning of his sister's death. In 2011, Perry split his time between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He finished 15th on the Champions Tour money list playing in ten events. Although no longer focused on the PGA Tour, he also had status on the PGA Tour until 2014 due to multiple wins in 2008 and 2009.
Perry won for the second time on the Champions Tour early in 2012 at the ACE Group Classic. He shot rounds of 64 and 62 on the first two days to break the 36 hole scoring record on the Champions Tour and after ending with a 2 under par round of 70, he tied the overall tournament scoring record at 20 under par.
Perry was given a special invitation from the PGA of America to compete in the 2014 PGA Championship, held in his home state of Kentucky and site of his 1996 playoff loss. It would likely be his last PGA Tour event.
In 1993, Perry was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was inducted in the Western Kentucky University Hall of Fame. He was named the winner of the 2002 Charles Bartlett Award, given to a professional golfer for his unselfish contributions to the betterment of society, by the Golf Writers Association of America. In 2007, Perry was inducted into the Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni. On October 14, 2008, Perry was inducted into Lipscomb University's Athletics Hall of Fame. He won the 2009 Payne Stewart Award.
Professional wins (23)
PGA Tour wins (14)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||May 19, 1991||Memorial Tournament||−15 (70-63-69-71=273)||Playoff||Hale Irwin|
|2||Jul 24, 1994||New England Classic||−16 (67-66-70-65=268)||1 stroke||David Feherty|
|3||Feb 19, 1995||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||−25 (63-71-64-67-70=335)||1 stroke||David Duval|
|4||Aug 12, 2001||Buick Open||−25 (66-64-64-69=263)||2 strokes||Chris DiMarco, Jim Furyk|
|5||May 25, 2003||Bank of America Colonial||−19 (68-64-61-68=261)||6 strokes||Justin Leonard|
|6||Jun 1, 2003||Memorial Tournament (2)||−13 (65-68-70-72=275)||2 strokes||Lee Janzen|
|7||Jul 13, 2003||Greater Milwaukee Open||−12 (69-67-66-66=268)||1 stroke||Stephen Allan, Heath Slocum|
|8||Mar 20, 2005||Bay Hill Invitational||−12 (70-68-68-70=276)||2 strokes||Graeme McDowell, Vijay Singh|
|9||May 22, 2005||Bank of America Colonial (2)||−19 (65-63-64-69=261)||7 strokes||Billy Mayfair|
|10||Jun 1, 2008||Memorial Tournament (3)||−8 (66-71-74-69=280)||2 strokes|| Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly,
Justin Rose, Mike Weir
|11||Jun 29, 2008||Buick Open (2)||−19 (69-67-67-66=269)||1 stroke||Woody Austin, Bubba Watson|
|12||Jul 13, 2008||John Deere Classic||−16 (65-66-67-70=268)||Playoff||Brad Adamonis, Jay Williamson|
|13||Feb 1, 2009||FBR Open||−14 (72-63-66-69=270)||Playoff||Charley Hoffman|
|14||Jun 28, 2009||Travelers Championship||−22 (61-68-66-63=258)||3 strokes||Paul Goydos, David Toms|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)
|1||1991||Memorial Tournament||Hale Irwin||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1996||PGA Championship||Mark Brooks||Lost to birdie on the first extra hole|
|3||2008||AT&T Classic||Ryuji Imada||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|4||2008||John Deere Classic||Brad Adamonis, Jay Williamson||Won with par on first extra hole|
|5||2009||FBR Open||Charley Hoffman||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|6||2009||The Masters||Ángel Cabrera, Chad Campbell||Cabrera won with par on second extra hole
Campbell eliminated with par on first hole
Other wins (3)
- 2005 Franklin Templeton Shootout (with John Huston)
- 2008 Merrill Lynch Shootout (with Scott Hoch)
- 2012 Franklin Templeton Shootout (with Sean O'Hair)
Champions Tour wins (6)
|Senior major championships (3)|
|Other Champions Tour (3)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Oct 2, 2011||SAS Championship||−11 (66-69-70=205)||1 stroke||John Huston, Jeff Sluman|
|2||Feb 19, 2012||ACE Group Classic||−20 (64-62-70=196)||5 strokes||Bernhard Langer|
|3||Jun 30, 2013||Constellation Senior Players Championship||−19 (71-63-63-64=261)||2 strokes||Fred Couples, Duffy Waldorf|
|4||Jul 14, 2013||U.S. Senior Open||−13 (67-73-64-63=267)||5 strokes||Fred Funk|
|5||Oct 27, 2013||AT&T Championship||−13 (65-71-67=203)||Playoff||Bernhard Langer|
|6||May 18, 2014||Regions Tradition||−7 (72-68-69-72=281)||1 stroke||Mark Calcavecchia|
Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)
|1||2011||Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Scott Hoch)
|David Eger & Mark McNulty||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|2||2013||Montreal Championship||Esteban Toledo||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|3||2013||AT&T Championship||Bernhard Langer||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||T8||T16||T11||CUT||DNP||DNP||T52|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
WD = Withdrew
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||3||7||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (twice)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2003 U.S. Open – 2003 PGA)
Senior major championships
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|2013||Constellation Senior Players Championship||2 shot deficit||−19 (71-63-63-64=261)||2 strokes||Fred Couples, Duffy Waldorf|
|2013||U.S. Senior Open||2 shot deficit||−13 (67-73-64-63=267)||5 strokes||Fred Funk|
|2014||Regions Tradition||1 shot lead||−7 (72-68-69-72=281)||1 stroke||Mark Calcavecchia|
Senior results timeline
Results are not in chronological order prior to 2014.
|Senior PGA Championship||T22||9||T2||T13|
|Senior Players Championship||T13||T8||1||4|
|U.S. Senior Open||DNP||CUT||1||T14|
|Senior British Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
U.S. national team appearances
- Presidents Cup: 1996 (winners), 2003 (tie), 2005 (winners), 2009 (winners)
- Ryder Cup: 2004, 2008 (winners)
- Ferguson, Doug (October 2, 2009). "Kenny Perry's mother dies of cancer". USA Today. Associated Press.
- Dorman, Larry (August 12, 1996). "Birdies Bring Brooks His First Major". The New York Times.
- "Ryder Cup 2004". Ryder Cup. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "PGA Tour Season results – Kenny Perry". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- Kelley, Brent (August 7, 2008). "Kenny Perry Withdraws from PGA Championship". About.com.
- "2008 Ryder Cup - Scoring". Ryder Cup. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "Perry's next PGA Tour goal? Getting to 20-win mark". PGA Tour. January 8, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "Perry holds nerve to win play-off". BBC Sport. February 2, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
- Fortus, Bob (April 21, 2009). "Masters runner-up Kenny Perry buoyed by support as he comes to Zurich Classic of New Orleans". The Times-Picayune.
- "Perry seals win in Connecticut". BBC Sport. June 28, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
- "Week 26 – Kenny Perry Claims Career Best 4th Spot in the Official World Golf Ranking with Victory at the Travelers Championship". Official World Golf Ranking. June 29, 2009.
- Potter, Jerry (March 21, 2005). "Singh, Perry: Opposites are pals". USA Today.
- "Perry wins first Champions Tour title". PGA Tour. October 2, 2011.
- "Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame profile". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "WKU Athletic Hall of Fame". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "Mr. Kenny Perry (Inducted in 2007)". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "Kenny Perry, Ronnie Ferguson inducted into Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "Perry named Player of the Year after winning back-to-back major titles". PGA Tour. December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
- Kenny Perry at the PGA Tour official site
- Kenny Perry at the Official World Golf Ranking official site
- Lipscomb University press release - on the occasion of the honoring of Perry's benefactor
- Golf Today profile from 2003