Curtain Call for Kenny Perry

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On the Champions circuit, as of late June, he’s won six tournaments, among them three senior majors, and was voted by his peers 2013 Player of the Year.Elizabethtown-born Kenny Perry, who currently plays on both the PGA and Champions (senior) tours, has announced that this month’s PGA Championship at Valhalla, where he’ll play by special invitation, may be the last non-senior tour event he will compete in. Since 1984, Perry has compiled 104 top-10 PGA Tour finishes, including six in majors, and accrued 14 tour wins.

In 1996, Perry lost the PGA Championship by one stroke in a playoff with Mark Brooks after leading by one stroke on the final hole in regulation. At the Masters in 2009, the then 48-year-old held a two-stroke lead with two holes to go, only to falter and lose in a three-way playoff.

 

Perry did help his 2008 Ryder Cup team beat the Europeans for the first time in nine years by winning singles and foursome matches for the U.S. And no golf fan will ever forget his blind second shot from 220 yards out in the sandy rough on the 14th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 during the 2014 U.S. Open two months ago.       

This article appears in the August issue of Louisville Magazine. To subscribe, please visit Loumag.com

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