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Kenny Perry

  • Birthplace: Elizabethtown, KY
  • Residence: Franklin, KY; plays out of Country Creek GC
  • Birth Date: August 10, 1960
  • height: 6-2
  • Turned Pro: 1982

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PGA TOUR Victories

(14) 1991,Memorial Tournament. 1994,New England Classic. 1995,Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. 2001,Buick Open. 2003,Bank of America Colonial, the Memorial Tournament, Greater Milwaukee Open. 2005,Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard, Bank of America Colonial. 2008,the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley, Buick Open, John Deere Classic. 2009,FBR Open, Travelers Championship.

Other Victories

(1): 2005 Franklin Templeton Shootout [with John Huston].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$4,032,624 (3)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

P1-- FBR Open. 1-- Travelers Championship. P2-- Masters Tournament. T6-- Mercedes-Benz Championship. T8-- Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. T9-- World Golf Championships-CA Championship. T10-- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

PGA TOUR Best Round

61 at Round 1, Travelers Championship.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Opened the season with a T6 finish at the Mercedes-Benz Championship...Made a 22-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to beat Charley Hoffman and win the FBR Open on February 1. After he bogeyed the final hole of regulation to set up the playoff, the two bogeyed and parred the first two extra holes before the winning putt on the 332-yard, par-4 17th. Closed with a 2-under 69 to match Hoffman (67) at 14-under 270 at TPC Scottsdale. It was his 13th PGA TOUR victory and at age 48, became the oldest player to win the event, surpassing Julius Boros who was 46 when he won in 1967...Finished T8th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the strength of a final-round, 3-under 67...Lost to Angel Cabrera on the second playoff hole at the Masters Tournament. Held a two-stroke lead with two holes remaining in regulation, but bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to force a playoff with Cabrera and Chad Campbell. Campbell was eliminated with a bogey on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th. Perry made bogey from left of the green on the par-4 10th as Cabrera two-putted for par and the win...Shot a final-round 63 to finish with a tournament-record 258 and win the Travelers Championship by three strokes over Paul Goydos and David Toms. With the win, moved into first place in the FedExCup standings.Tied the TPC River Highlands course record with a first-round 61 and led after each of the first two rounds and trailed Goydos by one entering the final round. Has won five times in just over a year, the most of any player on TOUR. The 258 total tied the fourth-best 72-hole score in TOUR history and beat the old tournament record of 259 set by Tim Norris in 1982. It was also his 14th career victory.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Memorial Tournament, New England Classic, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Buick Open, Bank of America Colonial, the Memorial Tournament, Greater Milwaukee Open, Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard, Bank of America Colonial, the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley, Buick Open, John Deere Classic, FBR Open, Travelers Championship.

Career Highlights

2008: Had a career season with three tournament victories before competing on his second Ryder Cup team near his home in Kentucky. Totaled a career-best $4,663,794 in season earnings...Recorded a T3 finish at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, four strokes behind tournament winner D.J. Trahan. It represented his best finish at the tournament since winning in 1995. Only seven players at the BHCC have more top-10 finishes than his six...In early May, carded rounds of 68-70 to hold the 36-hole lead at THE PLAYERS Championship and was in Sunday's final pairing with Paul Goydos before a final-round 81 dropped him to T15...The following week, was one stroke back going into the final round of the AT&T Classic and fired a 3-under 69 to get into a playoff with Ryuji Imada. On the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, his second shot wound up in the water after it struck a pine tree behind the green about 10 feet up the trunk and ricocheted back across the green into the water. He made bogey and Imada two-putted for par and the win...Two weeks later, collected his 10th TOUR title and third at the Memorial Tournament with a two-stroke victory over four players at Muirfield Village GC. He became the oldest winner of the Memorial Tournament and on TOUR at the time in 2008 at 47 years, 3 months and 29 days. Joined Tiger Woods as the only players to collect three titles at Muirfield Village. The winner's check of $1,080,000 also made Perry the all-time earnings leader for the Memorial Tournament with $3,092,542, moving him past Woods...Recorded his fourth top-10 of the season with a T6 at the Travelers Championship...Cited his past success at the Buick Open as one reason for not playing in the 2008 U.S. Open and took full advantage by capturing his 11th PGA TOUR title and second at Warwick Hills G&CC. Won by one stroke over Woody Austin and Bubba Watson. Listened for the crowd's reaction from the driving range as Austin three-putted the 72nd hole and Watson missed a 15-foot birdie attempt to tie. Became the oldest champion in the tournament's 50-year history at age 47 years, 10 months and 19 days. Finish virtually assured him of a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team at Valhalla GC...Collected his 12th PGA TOUR title and third in the past seven weeks in a one-hole playoff over Jay Williamson and Brad Adamonis at the John Deere Classic. It was his ninth start at TPC John Deere. Held a one-stroke lead at 17-under through 17 holes on Sunday only to lose it after making bogey from the fringe of the green. Williamson and Adamonis made pars on the final hole of regulation. In the playoff, Adamonis and Williamson both hit approach shots into the pond on No. 18, Perry tapped in for par and the victory after his 24-footer for birdie stopped just short. Third victory in a season tied 2003 for most wins during a season. He also moved to second behind Tiger Woods in the FedExCup standings. Win was his ninth in his 40s. Became the oldest player (47 years, 11 months and 3 days) in TOUR history to win three events in the same season. Julius Boros won three times in 1967, twice after turning 47, with his final win that year coming at age 47 years, 3 months and 8 days...One week later, notched a T6 at the U.S. Bank Championship aided by a final-round 64. Has eight top-10s, including a victory in 2003, in 13 career starts in Milwaukee. In last 37 rounds at Brown Deer Park GC, has posted par-or-better scores 35 times, including four rounds in the 60s in 2008. Had three wins and six top-10s in last eight starts in 2008...Earned a spot on his second Ryder Cup team and compiled a record 2-1-1 in front of a home crowd for the week, bringing his all-time Ryder Cup record to 2-3-1...Finished 15th in the FedExCup standings. 2007: Struggled the first half of the season, attempting to regain form after knee surgery in 2006. Posted three top-10s over final 10 starts, with eight top-25s in that span. Played into third PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup event, the BMW Championship, and finished 60th in FedExCup standings. Finished among the top-125 for the 21st consecutive season...Strong play over the second half of the season began with final-round 63 at the Memorial Tournament, vaulting him into a T3 finish. Round of 63 was the lowest final-round score in Memorial history. 2006: Did not have a top-10 in 22 starts for the first time in his TOUR career...Had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on March 13 and was unable to defend his title that week at the Bay Hill Invitational...Best finish was a T11 at the Buick Open, for the past champion (2001). 2005: Finished sixth on TOUR money list. Recorded multiple victories (2) and finished with more than $3 million in earnings for second time in his career...Won for the first time since his three-win season of 2003 with a victory at the Bay Hill Invitational. At age 44, became the oldest winner of the tournament. Beat Graeme McDowell and Vijay Singh be two strokes. Held second- and third-round leads. Tied with Singh at 12-under par through 71 holes. After Singh hit his second shot on No. 18 in the water short of the green, Perry played to the middle of the green and two-putted for par and the win...Captured ninth career TOUR title by seven strokes over Billy Mayfair at the Bank of America Colonial. Tenth multiple winner in tournament history, with rounds of 65-63-64-69-261. Seven-stroke win was second-largest margin of victory in tournament history (eight strokes, Chandler Harper, 1955), and the largest on TOUR since Tommy Armour III won by seven strokes at the 2003 Valero Texas Open. Entered final round with a seven-stroke lead over Mayfair and Steve Stricker. Set tournament 36- and 54-hole records with totals of 12-under 128 and 18-under 192, respectively. Matched 72-hole record of 19-under 261 that he set in 2003. All-time leader in career earnings at Bank of America Colonial, with $2,598,389...Playing in his third Presidents Cup, finished 1-3-0 but captured Sunday Singles match, 4 and 3, over Mark Hensby. 2004: Fourth consecutive top-30 finish (No. 30) on money list and seven more top-10s...With his 18-year-old son Justin, on the bag, finished T3 at THE PLAYERS Championship, four strokes behind Adam Scott...Finished fifth on the Ryder Cup team points list to make his first U.S. Ryder Cup squad...Did not play again until the final full-field event of the season, the Chrysler Championship. Came into event 31st on the money list and finished T8, good enough to pass Rod Pampling for the final spot in THE TOUR Championship. 2003: Won three times and had 10 top-10s in 26 starts, along with $4,400,122 in winnings. Joined Mike Weir and Ernie Els to log top-10s in three majors...Picked up first win since the 2001 Buick Open with a six-stroke victory at the Bank of America Colonial. Set 54- and 72-hole tournament records while tying the course record with a third-round, 9-under 61. Held eight-stroke lead entering final round...Picked up second victory of season one week later at the Memorial Tournament. At age 42, became oldest player to win back-to-back weeks on TOUR since Hale Irwin won the U.S. Open and the Buick Classic in consecutive weeks at age 45 in 1990. Held solo lead after 36 and 54 holes. A winner at Muirfield Village in 1991, became the sixth player to capture multiple titles at the Memorial Tournament...Added third consecutive top-three finish with a T3 at the U.S. Open. Second time in his 17-year career that he has posted three consecutive top-threes...Picked up third win in four starts on TOUR at the Greater Milwaukee Open. Held third-round lead and won for fourth consecutive time after holding/sharing the 54-hole lead...Represented the United States at The Presidents Cup in November. 2002: Finished in the top 30 in earnings for fifth time in career. Of his six top-10s, three came in first four starts...Finished third, one stroke shy of the Sergio Garcia-David Toms playoff at the Mercedes Championships...Had two T2s - Phoenix Open and the MasterCard Colonial...Sat 31st on the money list heading into the Buick Challenge, the last event before THE TOUR Championship. T7 finish vaulted him to No. 27 and earned him a spot in the season-ending event. 2001: In finishing 24th on the money list with $1,786,066, surpassed the $1-million single-season earnings mark for the first time...Top-30 finish earned a spot in THE TOUR Championship for the first time since 1996...Year was driven by six top-10s...Captured his fourth TOUR title with a two-shot victory in the Buick Open. A second-round 64, which included a 29 on the front nine of Warwick Hills G&CC, came on his 41st birthday and earned a three-stroke lead. Followed with another 64, this time with a 29 on the back nine, to extend his lead to five after 54 holes. Closed with a 69 to collect the $558,000 paycheck. 2000: Consistent season, making 18 cuts in 20 tournaments entered and finishing third three times. 1999: Though he surpassed $400,000 in earnings, finished 94th on the money list, his lowest ranking since joining the TOUR. 1998: Rebounded from sub-standard 1997 season, entered 25 tournaments and finished in top-10 five times. 1997: Not as spectacular a year as 1996, but still managed to retain full-exempt status for 11th consecutive season. 1996: Earned nearly $1 million and 13th spot on money list with nine top-10s, including a second, one third, two fourths and a fifth...Nearly won PGA Championship at Valhalla GC in home state of Kentucky. Took lead with course-record opening 66, followed with 72-71 to fall four back with 18 to play. Fired 34 on front nine Sunday to take slim lead, but bogey-6 on final hole left him at 11-under-par 277. Mark Brooks forced playoff with closing birdie and won with birdie on 18 after Perry took four strokes to reach green. 1995: Season highlighted by February stretch that featured T3 at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, victory at Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and T2 at Nissan Open. Led all three tournaments entering final round. 1994: Shot closing 65 at Pleasant Valley to win New England Classic by one stroke over David Feherty. Win helped him to 26th on money list and first trip to TOUR Championship. 1991: Claimed first TOUR victory at Memorial Tournament. Moved into lead with then-course-record 9-under-par 63. Was forced into playoff when Hale Irwin shot 65-66 on weekend. Birdied first extra hole for victory.

Personal

Took up golf at age 7 with encouragement from his father, who spent hours teeing balls up for him...Member of Western Kentucky University and Kentucky Golf Halls of Fame...Named 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. Perry donates five percent of his winnings to Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, to provide scholarships for Simpson County students. Also, Perry took out a loan to build Country Creek, a public course in his hometown of Franklin, KY. In 1995, Perry 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: 18 holes with a cart is $28 on weekdays. Works from time to time behind the counter, often asked, "Do you know Kenny Perry?"

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

3-3

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (3), 1996, 2003, 2005; Ryder Cup (2), 2004, 2008.

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