Category: Kenny Perry

August 21, 2013

Delta Airlines breaks Kenny Perry's lucky driver

Posted at 10:28 AM by Scooby Axson


When you let airlines handle your valuables, you do so at your own peril. 

Champions Tour pro Kenny Perry learned that lesson the hard way when he went to the driving range in preparation for the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

"I pulled my clubs out and Delta broke my driver, the one I won all of my tournaments with this year," Perry said to the Seattle Times. "It broke the head right off the shaft. I’m very upset at this point."

"I represent Southwest Airlines and it’s in a Southwest (bag), and I flew Delta out here from New York and they snapped my driver. I’m pretty bummed out."

Perry has won two senior majors with that driver (the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior Players Championship) this year, his first season on the Senior Circuit, and finished in the top 10 in nine of 13 events.

"I’ve been bombing it," Perry said. "I’ve been taking advantage of all the short holes and the par-5s. But that’s the only driver I’ve used all year." 

Perry said he has no idea how the driver got broken but he got it reshafted.

"But shafts don’t duplicate," he said. "As much as they say they’re the same, they’re not the same. So now I have to get my confidence back off the tee because that’s been my bread and butter this year."

(Photo by Chris Condon/Getty Images)

May 20, 2011

Truth and Rumors: Perry questions Tiger's mental toughness

Posted at 11:09 AM by Alan Bastable

Over the last couple of weeks Tiger Woods’s peers have been unabashedly candid about the state of his game, his mind and his future. Bubba Watson criticized Tiger’s swing. ("I'll just go ahead and say it: I think Tiger is going the wrong way.”) Paul Azinger said Woods would benefit from some TLC. ("Tiger needs to be able to have a shoulder to cry on...") And now Kenny Perry is questioning Tiger’s mental toughness, telling Robert Lusetich of 

“He’s mentally the toughest guy I’ve ever seen out here,” Kenny Perry said. “I don’t know what happened to that.

“He keeps saying he’s physically hurt, so I guess we’ve got to go with that.”

Perry went on to question whether Tiger’s doggedness in the gym may be accelerating the damage to his left knee:

“Tiger goes over the top when he does stuff,” Perry said. “When he works out, he works out religiously; whatever he does, he’s gung-ho. It’s amazing because that’s what made him such a great player, but maybe he’s overdone it.

“When he was playing great golf, he was wiry, thin, loose and quick; he had a lot of speed. Now he’s so thick, he looks like a defensive back in the NFL, but his legs are still little.

“So is his lower body struggling to support his heavier, muscular upper body? I don’t know, maybe it is.”

Sergio Garcia … for mayor?

Talk about a warm Texas welcome. Sergio Garcia—who hasn’t won many popularity contests on the PGA Tour—arrived at Colonial Country Club this week to find this banner planted outside the gates: 










No doubt buoyed by the support of his Fort Worth fanbase, Garcia is off to a solid start in his campaign to win for a second time at Colonial. The Spaniard posted a 66 Thursday.

Goydos still has "issues" to sort out

A trio of 69s at TPC Sawgrass last week—and a third-place check worth $646,000—wasn’t enough to convince fan favorite Paul Goydos that he has rediscovered his game. The droll 47-year-old, who has been muttering about possibly retiring, said Thursday that he needs more than one good week to turn his frown upside down:

"I bounced back, and I'm happy that I did, but I'd like to take care of the issues I've had," Goydos said. "One week to me is not a streak. Keep working and let's see what happens."

Goydos doesn't sound totally convinced that last week was a turning point, because last month he tied for ninth at The Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C.—his first top 20 finish of the year—and then missed the cut at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., by playing the final seven holes of the second round in 7-over par.

"You do crazy things like that, you have to wonder if things are coming to an end," he said. He says this season has been different from any other because of "systemic" problems on the course and physical issues off the course.

"It's been a breakdown in all facets of my game," Goydos said. "This is probably as crooked as I've driven it in my career, and this is as bad as I've putted it in my career, as far as the stats are concerned. Just horrific.”

Goydos shot an even-par 70 at Colonial on Thursday. He is eight back.

July 30, 2010

Alan Shipnuck's Mailbag: Bandon Dunes marathon, FedEx Cup, Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup picks

Posted at 10:19 AM by Alan Shipnuck

Alan-shipnuck-bandon1a So, Bandon. In case you missed it, a few days ago my boyhood friend Kevin Price and I became the first dudes to play all four courses at Bandon Dunes on the same day. (We knocked in our putts on the 72nd hole at the exact same instant, so there wouldn't be any dispute about who was the first to summit, a la Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.) It was a crazy, giddy dawn-to-dusk adventure. I'll give you the long version sometime soon here on, and you can watch us on "Golf in America" on Golf Channel, Monday Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. Eastern. In the meantime, allow me to address a few questions about the day and plenty of unrelated queries, too. (Click the images to enlarge.)

How much did the pace of other golfers on the courses affect you? Did they let you play through? - Dave Andrews
When I hatched this plan, my initial thought was to play the courses in the order they were built, but there was some maintenance work being done on Bandon Dunes that precluded us from beginning the day there. So Todd Kloster, the resort's P.R. whiz who handled the logistics, sent us off Pacific Dunes first. Kevin and I played that round in 2:35, which was crucial. The first scheduled tee time at Bandon Dunes was 10 a.m., and we were off well before that so there was no one in front of us for either round. There was a lot of play at Old Macdonald in the morning, but we didn't peg it there until around 1:30. We blew through another twosome on the third hole and didn't see anyone again until 15. The last few holes were slow, but I didn't mind catching my breath a little. Trails was deserted when we teed off there after 5 p.m. So in four rounds we had to wait on four holes. Bliss.

What was your favorite course? - T.C. Ford
Well, I loved them all. Shortly after completing the epic day I tweeted that Pacific was my fave, followed by Trails, then Bandon and then Old Mac. As I've replayed the rounds in my mind since, a lot of the holes I think about are at Bandon and Trails. I think I need more time to let it marinate—it was sensory overload!

Alan-shipnuck-bandon2b What did you eat/drink to keep your energy up without crashing later or getting sluggish now? - Kristen Williams
At the excellent breakfast buffet I basically had four of everything—eggs, bacon, hash browns, fruit, cereal, a muffin. It was ridiculous. I didn't have another bite until midway through the second round. Then I pretty much never stopped eating, in this order: Builder's Bar, apple, banana, big turkey sandwich (after the second round), chips, humongous chocolate chip cookie, apple, Builder's Bar, two hot dogs (after the third round), banana, almonds, Snickers. Plus various waters, waters with Cytomax, Gatorade, and, on the back nine at Trails, a Pepsi for extra energy. Then, at 10 p.m., Kevin and I had a big dinner. Gawd, I'm getting a stomach ache just typing this.

OK, a few non-Bandon items…

As highlighted by last week's "Confidential," why are so many of the writers so eager to bash the FedEx Cup setup? Maybe it is overhyped, but it seems that most people appreciate it for what it is: week after week of top-flight golf. You could easily say this is the best month of the year for golf. But it gets ridiculed, people are always complaining about the scoring, and now there is a death watch for when the sponsor will bail. Is it just resistance to change? - Brian Sullivan
I've taken a few shots at the FedEx Cup over the years, but I agree with Brian's basic premise, that the Cup has added a quartet of excellent tournaments during what used to be a dead time of year. Yes, the scoring is cumbersome, and yes, the Tour badly oversold the “playoff” concept, but I think we're all ready to move on. Last year's Tiger/Phil double-dip at the Tour Championship was a big moment for the FedEx Cup, and this season's edition should be the best one yet. Tiger's ongoing search for form will be a big story, and the player of the year race will be determined during the Cup unless Mickelson, McDowell or King Louis wins the PGA Championship. The biggest subplot has would-be Ryder Cuppers auditioning for captain's picks, which will be announced halfway through the FedEx playoffs. So, I for one, can't wait for the whole thing to kick off.

Does the Solheim Cup matter anymore when Asian countries can't play in it? - Anonymous
Of course it does! It's a crucial event for women's golf and has been an important proving ground for young Americans. The lack of Asian players doesn't devalue the Solheim, it just underscores the need for a second event modeled after the Presidents Cup, in which the U.S. would take on the rest of the world (minus the Euros). There have been ongoing discussions about just such a competition, and I have no doubt it will get done in the next few years, especially now that golf is back in the Olympics and the women's game is becoming more global with each passing year.

Who are your 4 picks for the Ryder Cup team if you're captain? I say Fowler, Mahan, Couples and Barnes. - Brian Rosenwald
Well, you got one of them right. Mahan is a given if he doesn't play his way into the top 8 in the points race. (As of this week, he's 9th.) To me, there are two other no-brainers in Stewart Cink (13th) and Zach Johnson (20th), major champions and stalwarts of recent U.S. teams.

So that leaves maybe only one more pick. Fowler is a strong candidate—fearless birdie machines are always helpful at the Ryder Cup. But it's a big-time gamble to go with a player who hasn't won as a pro. (In this category, I'd rather have Fowler over Barnes.) Freddy would be a popular choice, but his back limits him to one match a day, and that jabby putting stroke is worrisome, too. If you're going to go old, I'm not sure that Kenny Perry isn't a better choice. Sean O'Hair has many of the same virtues as Fowler and a lot more winning experience, plus he's coming off a strong performance at the Presidents Cup. As of this moment, he'd be my pick, along with Cink, Z. Johnson and Mahan. But there's so much golf left, it's hard to forecast who will get bounced out of the top 8, and how that will affect the captain's picks.

One final thought: Tiger Woods better play his way onto the team. Don't forget, the wives are a big part of Ryder Cup week, and they're all pissed at him. Given Woods's so-so track record at the Ryder Cup, the shaky state of his game and all the distractions he brings, I wouldn't pick him if he falls out of the top 8. And I have a feeling Captain Pavin won't, either.

Photos: Kohjiro Kinno/SI

June 15, 2010

Vegas sportsbooks say Tiger Woods still favorite to win U.S. Open

Posted at 2:52 PM by Mike Walker

Forget what the experts say -- Tiger Woods is still the favorite to win the 2010 U.S. Open.

Las Vegas sportsbooks have Tiger Woods as a 4-1 favorite to win this week's tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links, followed closely by Phil Mickelson at 5-1. Lee Westwood is the third choice at 10-1, according to Chuck Esposito, casino operations manager at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.

That means that a $1 bet on Woods will pay $4 if he wins the tournament. It sounds like short odds, but Esposito said 4 to 1 is actually a value bet for Woods at a major.

"That's not short on him," Esposito said. " At a major, he's usually even money or even laying money at 5 to 6 or 5 to 7."

Woods was a 4-to-1 favorite at this year's Masters, which was his first event following his sex scandals and ensuing five-month layoff. Woods finished tied for fourth at the Masters, and his inconsistent play since then has most golf observers calling Mickelson, not Woods, the favorite at Pebble.

Esposito said that casinos set their odds based on how they think the public will bet, which doesn't always match the so-called experts' picks.

"We're putting Woods as the favorite because that's the way we see the public viewing the tournament," Esposito said. "If his odds are too high, you'd see an abundance of Tiger action. We're trying to put a number up that will draw some good two-way action.

After Westwood (10 to 1), the other favorites are Ernie Els (12 to 1), Padraig Harrington (15-1), Jim Furyk (18 to 1), Steve Stricker (18 to 1) and Retief Goosen (20 to 1).

Els opened as the third favorite at 8 to 1, but has fallen to 12 to 1. Meanwhile, odds have dropped considerably on Dustin Johnson (opened 35 to 1, now 20 to 1), K.J. Choi (opened 50 to 1, now 20 to 1), Hunter Mahan (opened 50 to 1, now 30 to 1) and Kenny Perry (opened 100 to 1, now 65 to 1). The field is 10 to 1, which was the smart bet last year when Lucas Glover won at Bethpage.

Esposito said he expects the total wagering on the U.S. Open to be in the high six figures industry-wide, maybe even seven figures if Woods is in contention on Sunday. It won't, however, generate the most excitement in the sportsbooks. That honor goes to the World Cup, for which fans camp out with their vuvuzelas and flags for the best seats at Las Vegas casinos.

"The World Cup crowds have been phenomenal," Esposito said. "It's amazing to see how big it's become. People are waving flags, hooting and hollering, and when a goal is scored, it's like an eruption in the room."

March 17, 2010

Kenny Perry: I could play with Tiger at Masters

Posted at 4:32 PM by Mike Walker

Maybe Tiger Woods will re-think this whole comeback-at-the-Masters thing when he hears what Kenny Perry has planned for him.

"I'm going to go give him a hug," Perry told media members at the Transitions Championship in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. "I'm going up there and get right in his face and tell him if I can do anything for him, let me know."

Perry added that he understood why other Tour players might dread being paired with Woods during the tournament because of all the distractions, but he said he could handle it.

"It would be a tough pairing to tell you the truth," Perry said. "I'm old enough to maybe handle that, I don't know, maybe you need some hillbilly like me to do that."

Perry said he thought most people will give Woods a second chance when he returns to the public eye.

"I think people will forgive," Perry said. "I don't know anybody in this room that is perfect. We have all made mistakes. It's like any sickness, like alcohol, drugs, you name it; there's so many things out there that people get hung up into and it grabs you and just can't get away from it for whatever reason. I don't know what does that inside a person. But I hope America forgives. I hope we are that country that will forgive, and give him a second shot."

One thing Perry doesn't understand, however, is how Woods will get ready to play in the Masters without any warm-up tournaments.

"If I play four, five weeks in a row, usually the first two weeks are terrible, and third week is okay, and maybe by the fifth week I'm all right and then I'll take a week off and then I'll go at it again," Perry said. "But he's had long stretches off in the past and he's come back and won the first week out. I don't see how people do that. I really don't understand that. I cannot process that in my head. It's like a billion dollars; that doesn't compute with me."

And if Woods really plays well?

"He's going to astound us all if he goes out there and wins the thing," Perry said

January 28, 2010

Daily Flogging: Kenny Perry says he'll be there for Tiger

Posted at 9:26 AM by

Kenny Perry didn't get the message, being half a world away and all. Thursday is Phil Mickelson Day, not Tiger Woods Day. But Perry, playing in the Qatar Masters instead of at Torrey Pines, obligingly talked about Tiger when asked by the Associated Press.

Perry said he's got a hug waiting for Woods when he returns. "I am going to tell him that if he needs to talk to me in any way I will," Perry said. "That's the way I think we all should be. I am sure he's had a lot of phone calls and a lot of people trying to get near him, but when he decides to come back I am going to approach him. The game of golf will go on with Tiger or without him because there is no man bigger than the game. But I think Tiger needs to come back. I think you know we are his family, too. So if he comes back I think he will get a lot of support from the players."

September 22, 2009

Kenny Perry wins 2009 Payne Stewart Award

Posted at 5:33 PM by

Kenny Perry is the 2009 winner of the Payne Stewart Award, given annually to a "player sharing Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct."

In other words, the award goes each year to one of the PGA Tour's good guys. Stewart was killed 10 years ago in a plane crash on the week of the Tour Championship, and since then the winners have been Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (2000), Ben Crenshaw (2001), Nick Price (2002), Tom Watson (2003), Jay Haas (2004), Brad Faxon (2005) Gary Player (2006), Hal Sutton (2007) and Davis Love III (2008).

For more on Perry, read Alan Shipnuck's profile from Sports Illustrated. For more on Stewart's tragic death, read this story from Sports Illustrated.

The complete text of the press release from the PGA Tour is below:

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May 18, 2009

Did Kenny Perry improve his lie at FBR? You be the judge

Posted at 11:45 AM by

Kenny Perry has been cleared of any wrongdoing for his pre-shot actions during his playoff victory at the FBR Open in February, but the debate continues in golf circles. (For the definitive dissection of the incident, see Lawrence Donegan's article in The Observer.) The question at hand is whether Perry improved his lie, and, if so, whether he intended to.

It seems most agree on the first point, that Perry's lie did get better. The second question, of intent, is thornier because of its subjectivity. Was he trying to improve his lie, or was the improvement incidental? John Paramor, chief referee of the European Tour, said in Donegan's article that he agreed with the PGA Tour's ruling, that Perry was not guilty of an infraction:

"The fact is the player is allowed to put his club behind the ball, otherwise he would never be allowed to address his ball in any circumstance. As soon as any player puts his club on the grass behind the ball, then the grass will be flattened," he says. "The issue is, is there excessive pressing down with the club?" In other words, was there intent? "Looking at this, I don't think Kenny Perry did use excessive pressure when he put his club behind the ball. It does look bad, it does look like the lie was improved but, as long as there was no intent to do so, and I don't think there was, then it is not a penalty."

After watching the video below, tell us what you think of the incident in our comments section, and see what our experts had to say in this week's PGA Tour Confidential.

April 25, 2009

What to Watch For Saturday at the Zurich Classic: Jerry Kelly, Kenny Perry and Jamabalaya

Posted at 9:13 AM by

By Gary Van Sickle
Senior writer, Sports Illustrated

Jerry Kelly, the Wisconsin native who hasn’t won on tour since 2002
. His game has been coming around this year. He’s got the lead going into the third round, he’s a guy who likes to shape shots and that’s the kind of player who does well at the TPC at Louisiana.

Kenny Perry, of the Masters saga. He rallied to play two decent rounds, including an eagle at the par-5 18th hole Friday. He’s not out of it here, just five shots behind Kelly, although a bunched leaderboard means he’s part of a pretty big posse. A good round today could bounce him right back near the lead. Can he summon one up after that Masters letdown? We’ll see.

Jamabalaya. You can get it at a concession stand near the clubhouse. Not your everyday concession stand food. And it’s New Orleans. They don’t know how to make anything that’s not tasty. You can wash it down with a drink and a benet. Nice.

March 14, 2009

Two takes from the first tee

Posted at 2:17 PM by Damon Hack

While watching golf coverage online this afternoon, I saw just how tough being a starter on the first tee can be, especially in a World Golf Championship. There are players from all over the globe with a million different pronunciations.

On Saturday, though, the starter stumbled over the seemingly simple introduction of Rory McIlroy and Kenny Perry.

As McIlroy stuck a tee in the ground, the starter began: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the third round of the 2009 World Golf Championships-CA Championship. From......from.......

"Northern Ireland," somebody said as the crowd laughed.

The starter caught himself. "Mr. Perry has the honor," he said.

"Oh, I thought I did," McIlroy said.

McIlroy scooped up his ball, and Perry stepped to the box.

"Age before beauty," Perry said as the gallery laughed.

After Perry teed off, McIlroy placed his ball down again.

"From Northern Ireland," the starter said, bringing a new round of chuckles.

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