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Kenny Perry
Kenny Perry Height: 6 ft, 2 in
Weight: 205 lbs
Birthday: 08/10/1960
College: Western Kentucky University
Turned Pro: 1982
Birthplace: Elizabethtown, Kentucky
  • Took up golf at age 7 with encouragement from his father, who spent hours teeing balls up for him
  • Recipient of the 2009 Payne Stewart Award as well as 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. Donates five percent of his winnings to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., to provide scholarships for Simpson County students. He also built Kenny Perry's Country Creek GC, a public course in his hometown of Franklin, Ky. In 1995, he bought 142 acres of land and borrowed more than $2.5 million to design and build the only public course in the town. He designed it for mid-to-high handicappers and kept it affordable, including 18 holes with a cart is $30 on weekdays. Works from time to time behind the counter and is often asked, "Do you know Kenny Perry?"
  • Was also honored by The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky in July 2014 as its Southcentral Kentuckian of the Year for his charitable endeavors in his community
  • Is a big drag racing fan and also a fan of '68 Camaros
  • Hosts the annual Kenny Perry Charity Golf Invitational, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson
  • Some of his favorite golf courses are Muirfield Village, Augusta National, The Club at Olde Stone and Country Creek.
PGA TOUR Victories
(14) 2009 FBR Open. 2009 Travelers Championship. 2008 the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley. 2008 Buick Open. 2008 John Deere Classic. 2005 Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard. 2005 Bank of America Colonial. 2003 Bank of America Colonial. 2003 the Memorial Tournament. 2003 Greater Milwaukee Open. 2001 Buick Open. 1995 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. 1994 New England Classic. 1991 Memorial Tournament.
Champions TOUR Victories
(8) 2015 3M Championship. 2014 Regions Tradition. 2014 3M Championship. 2013 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship. 2013 AT&T; Championship. 2012 ACE Group Classic. 2011 SAS Championship.
International Victories Victories
(1) 22011 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas].
Other Victories
(3) 2005 Franklin Templeton Shootout [with John Huston]. 2008 Merrill Lynch Shootout [with Scott Hoch]. 2012 Franklin Templeton Shootout [with Sean O'Hair].
Career Highlights
  • 2014: Backed up a banner 2013 season with a solid year that saw him win multiple titles for the second straight year and finish among the top 10 in half of his 18 starts. Despite taking a self-imposed five-week break after the PGA Championship, still managed to finish fourth on the Charles Schwab Cup points list (2,059) and fifth in single-season earnings, with more than $1.5 million
  • Added his name to the record book in May when he prevailed by one stroke over Mark Calcavecchia to win the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek. The victory gave him three consecutive Champions Tour major championships, matching a feat Gary Player pulled off during the 1987-88 season. Was the 54-hole leader in Birmingham but was forced to emerge from a crowded leaderboard on the final day, holing a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 16. Victory at Shoal Creek made him the 10th player in Champions Tour history to win three different major titles and he joined Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win the Regions Tradition, the U.S. Senior Open and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. His 72-hole total of 7-under-par 281 was the highest score to win the Regions Tradition, and his opening and closing rounds of 72 were the highest start and highest finish by a winner. He joined Eduardo Romero (2006) as the only players to have opened with a round of par or higher and gone on to win the event
  • In August, added a second title at the 3M Championship when he drained a clutch 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to hold off a late charge by Bernhard Langer. Put himself in position with a 9-under-par 63, which gave him a one-stroke advantage after 36 holes and appeared on his way to an easy victory Sunday at TPC Twin Cities. Had as much as a four-stroke lead at one point before Langer staged a back-nine rally. Both were tied after 17 holes at 22-under par. But after Langer failed to make a birdie on the final hole, he claimed his seventh career win minutes later with the birdie
  • Returned from his lengthy time away from the Champions Tour in mid-October at the SAS Championship and finished T3 at Prestonwood CC, thanks to birdies on four of his final five holes. Before the SAS event, had last played an event at the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Enjoyed perhaps one of the highlights of his long career when he finished T27. The Kentucky native rebounded from an opening-round, 1-over-par 72 with three consecutive rounds in the 60s
  • In his last appearance on the Champions Tour in 2014, shared the third-round lead with Tom Pernice, Jr., at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, but finished solo third, one stroke shy of the eventual playoff between Pernice and Jay Haas. Was just one of two players to post four straight rounds in the 60s at the event at Desert Mountain, joining Gene Sauers
  • Finished solo fourth in defense of his Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS title. Started Sunday at Fox Chapel GC trailing Langer by three strokes and playing in the final grouping, carded a final-round 69 to finish two strokes out of a playoff
  • Posted his first top-10 of the campaign in mid-March when he was T5 at the Toshiba Classic. Was among a handful of players who were atop the leaderboard in Sunday's final round, but his lone bogey of the day, at No. 17, proved costly as he finished two shy of eventual-winner Fred Couples
  • In addition to his appearance at the PGA Championship on a special invitation given to him by the PGA of America at the Senior PGA Championhip in late May, also played in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Earned his spot by virtue of his 2013 U.S. Senior Open victory. Rebounded from a 74 on Thursday at Pinehurst to finish T28 at the U.S. Open. Highlight of the week was holing a 4-hybrid second shot from 220 yards out of the scrub for an eagle 2 on the 14th hole. It was the longest shot he's ever holed out in his career
  • Appeared in three other PGA TOUR events last year, missing the cut at the Sony Open, Honda Classic and PLAYERS Championship.
  • 2013: The winner of the Champions Tour's Jack Nicklaus Award as the Player of the Year, he claimed three titles, including victories in consecutive starts in major championships during the summer and then the AT&T; Championship in October near the end of the campaign
  • Was the only player on the circuit with three titles, a first on the Champions Tour since 2011
  • Back-to-back wins in majors were also a first on the Champions Tour since Bernhard Langer won both the 2010 Open Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive weeks. Those wins catapulted him to his first Charles Schwab Cup, eventually finishing 412 points in front of Langer after leading by more than 1,000 points over David Frost after the U.S. Senior Open. Took the lead for good in the points-based competition after winning the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship on the last day of June
  • Finished second to Langer on the money list, with more than $2.2 million
  • Prevailed by two strokes over Fred Couples and Duffy Waldorf at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS at Fox Chapel GC near Pittsburgh. Used 16 birdies and an eagle on the weekend to pull away from Couples and Waldorf. After an opening-round, 1-over 71, strung together rounds of 63-63-64, which included bogey-free rounds Saturday and Sunday. His 72-hole total of 19-under 261 was the lowest score in a Champions Tour major since Fred Funk shot 20-under 268 at the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick. His 261 tied Jack Nicklaus' tournament numerical mark of 261 (27-under) in 1990 at Dearborn CC in Michigan. He also became the first player to win the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS with an opening-round above par (1-over 71). His 54-hole total of 20-under 190 (63-63-64) set the all-time record for consecutive three-round score, besting Nicklaus' mark of 19-under 197 (65-68-64) set in 1990 at Dearborn CC. His final-round 64 also matched the lowest Sunday score in tournament history by a winner established in 1990 by Nicklaus and later matched by Jay Haas in 2009 at Baltimore CC
  • Followed Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS victory with a five-stroke win at the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha in his next Champions Tour appearance. Trailed Michael Allen by two strokes after three rounds but shot 7-under 63 Sunday to cruise to the victory over Fred Funk. Win in Nebraska made him the ninth player to claim consecutive majors, and he joined Gary Player (1987) and Orville Moody (1989) as the third man to claim a Senior Players and U.S. Senior Open in the same season. His 63 Sunday at Omaha CC matched the Senior Open record for best final-round score (Allen Doyle in 2005), and his 72-hole total of 13-under 267 matched Hale Irwin's record score at the 2000 U.S. Senior Open. Rounds of 64-63 on the weekend set a U.S. Senior Open record for the last 36 holes, and his 10-stroke comeback at the halfway mark was also an all-time best in the championship
  • Won his third title in late October when he defeated Langer in playoff fashion at the AT&T; Championship in San Antonio. Opened with a 7-under-par 65 and was one of five players tied for the lead after 36 holes. Remained in contention throughout the final round and helped his cause when he made two clutch par saves on Nos. 17 and 18. Sank a 4-footer at 17 and an 18-footer on the final hole. Ended his duel with Langer when he hit an 8-iron approach from 176 yards to 10 feet and sank the birdie putt on the first extra hole for the win
  • Earlier in the year appeared in a great position to claim the Senior PGA Championship in May at Bellerive CC in St. Louis after starting his final round with a two-stroke margin. Made birdies on three of his first five holes on Sunday but failed to make another birdie until the final hole when the contest had been decided and was T2. Had posted three consecutive rounds in the 60s to build his 54-hole lead but saw his chances slip away as eventual-winner Kohki Idoki closed with a 6-under-par 65 to win the crown
  • Also made a run at victory in September but eventually lost in a three-hole playoff with Esteban Toledo at the Montreal Championship. Appeared on his way to a win with a two-stroke margin late in the final round, but a bogey at No. 17 coupled with a birdie by Toledo at No. 16 left the pair tied after 54 holes. Toledo chipped in from 35 feet on the third hole for the win
  • In late April, teamed with Gene Sauers to finish T2 at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in April in Savannah. The pair posted the low final round in the event, a 10-under-par 62, which moved them up 18 places in the final standings. Was slated to team with Russ Cochran, but Cochran was replaced by Sauers when he missed his pro-am time resulting in a DQ
  • One of just two players with three straight rounds in the 60s at North Shore CC. His final-round 67 moved him into a T3 at the inaugural Encompass Championship outside Chicago
  • Two days after The ACE Group Classic, underwent left-knee surgery for a torn meniscus in Nashville. Was out of action until mid-April
  • Named the Champions Tour's Player of the Month for June, July and October
  • Was named the 2013 Senior Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America
  • Made three starts on the PGA TOUR. Finished T33 at the PGA TOUR's HP Byron Nelson Championship in May and was also T41 at The Greenbrier Classic in July
  • Also missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament. 2012: Among the top 10 in half of his 18 starts on the Champions Tour but registered just one victory early in the campaign. Ran away from the field at The ACE Group Classic, claiming his second career Champions Tour title by five strokes over Bernhard Langer. In the triumph, set a new Champions Tour scoring record for low 36 holes in relation to par, posting an 18-under-par 126 total at TwinEagles that included 20 birdies during the first two rounds in Naples, Fla. Added a 70 on Sunday and his 20-under 196 score matched the tournament record set a year earlier by Langer
  • Finished second to Michael Allen at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am in Tampa. Despite shooting 65 Sunday and making two eagles in the final round, still ended up three strokes back
  • Closed with a 64 at TPC Twin Cities to finish T3 at the 3M Championship, three strokes back of Bernhard Langer. Performance in Minnesota was his second consecutive top-three effort in the 3M event
  • In his next start, closed with a 67 at En-Joie GC to move into a T3 at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open
  • Was T6 in defense of his SAS Championship title near Raleigh
  • Was also one of just four players to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60s at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, which led to an eighth-place finish at Fox Chapel GC. Made the first ace of his Champions Tour career when he holed a 6-iron from 185 yards on No. 17 in the third round
  • Finished ninth at the Senior PGA Championship, but his 9-under-par 62 at Harbor Shores in the final round matched the lowest score shot in a senior major and was also a record for the Senior PGA event, surpassing the 63s shot by Buck White (first round, 1961) and Arnold Palmer (second round, 1984). It also marked the first time since Loren Roberts in 2006 that a player shot 62 or better twice in a Champions Tour season
  • Was in the final grouping Sunday, at the AT&T; Championship. Trailed leader Mark Calcavecchia by four strokes, but a final-round 74 left him T9
  • Made only five PGA TOUR starts, the first time he had less than 13 appearances on that TOUR since 1987. Best effort was a T29 at the Transitions Championship
  • Enjoyed more success later in the year in Naples. Teamed with Sean O'Hair in December to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout by one stroke over Charles Howell III and Rory Sabbatini. It was his third victory in the event. He was a 2005 winner with John Huston and a 2008 winner with Scott Hoch.
  • 2011: Split time between the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, making 10 appearances on the senior circuit
  • Was among the top-10 seven times and late in the year, experienced a bittersweet first career win on the Champions Tour when he captured the SAS Championship one day after his sister Kay passed away with breast cancer. Rebounded from a double bogey early on the back nine at Prestonwood by first making birdie on the 16th hole to tie Jeff Sluman and then holing a 30-foot eagle putt at the par-5 17th hole to secure the one-stroke victory over Sluman and John Huston. Win in Cary, N.C., came in his 11th career Champions Tour start and made him the fourth player in SAS history to claim his first title at the event. Also became the fifth of six first-time winners on the 2011 Champions Tour
  • Made a run at winning his first title in early August when he posted a final-round 66 to finish T2 at the 3M Championship in Minnesota, one stroke short of Jay Haas. Hole No. 9 at TPC Twin Cities was his bugaboo. Played the par-4 in 4-over for the week, including a double bogey Sunday
  • Also had a good chance to notch his first title in April when he teamed with good friend Scott Hoch at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf and the duo eventually lost in a playoff to David Eger-Mark McNulty. Had a chance to win the title in regulation, but lipped out a 25-foot birdie putt and then both he and Hoch missed short par putts on the second extra hole to hand the trophy to Eger-McNulty
  • In his first appearance in a senior major championship, was among the leaders after 36 and 54 holes at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek and eventually finished T5
  • Was also tied for the 36-hole lead at the Boeing Classic, but a final-round 72 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge dropped him into a T5
  • Shot a Champions Tour career-best 10-under-par 62 in the last round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn and it led to a T8 finish in Hickory, N.C
  • Teamed with Jay Haas and Mark Calcavecchia to win the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Las Vegas during the fall season
  • Made 13 PGA TOUR appearances, making five cuts
  • Finished T39 at THE PLAYERS in May and was also T39 at The Greenbrier Classic during the summer. 2010: Had a sub-par PGA TOUR year, with just one top-10 finish, his fewest since 2006. Twenty starts were the fewest he made in a year on TOUR since 2000. Closed his PGA TOUR year after The Barclays in late August. Lone top-10 came in his first start of the year in Hawaii, a T6 at the SBS Championship in January
  • Only other time he put together four straight par-or-better rounds was when he T15 at the John Deere Classic
  • Made his Champions Tour debut at the Administaff Small Business Classic, where he finished T35 at The Woodlands
  • Also finished 54th at the AT&T; Championship in San Antonio.

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