Tuesday, June 30
Ho-Hum: Another Win for Kenny Perry
Kentucky thunder: J.B. Holmes and Kenny Perry at the Ryder Cup.
I DON’T CARE HOW WELL you hit the ball, it’s the putter that makes the difference between good scores and great scores, near misses and trophies. Just ask Kenny Perry, who notched his second win this season at the Traveler’s Championship last weekend.
Perry hits it about as well as anybody, and is especially smitten with his TaylorMade golf clubs, including his new R9 driver. But it was the switch to a PING mallet-style putter that enabled Kenny to light up leaderboards.
Case in point: The “old” man, soon to be 49, only needed 258 strokes to tour TPC River Highlands. That’s 22-under par, a tournament record.
Perry has won 14 times on the PGA Tour, 11 since he turned 40 and five events in the last 13 months, making him the winningest player in the last year or so. There was a Ryder Cup in there, too. Dang, Kenny.
Perry was asked on Sunday if the Travelers was his best win.
“Definitely,” he said.
“Good win as I’ve ever had, the way I finished today, on Sunday, my golf was unbelievable. To shoot 22-under par, to break the all-time record of all the great champions that are on this trophy, it’s unbelievable.”
I don’t know about that, Kenny. I’m definitely becoming a believer.
Turned pro: 1982
Birthplace: Elizabethtown, Kentucky
College: Western Kentucky University
World ranking: 4
PGA Tour wins: 14
Major wins: 0
−The Armchair Golfer
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