Kenny Perry addressed the media on Wednesday prior to the start of the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He let it be known that he is trying to get into the field for the PGA Championship at Vahalla.
After struggling to win majors on the regular tour, he has won the last three consecutive senior major championships that he has entered.
He had his opportunities to win a major or two on the regular tour, but never closed the deal. He posted runners-up finishes in the 1996 PGA Championship and the 2009 Masters.
Even without a major title on his resume, Perry had a stellar 30-year career on the PGA Tour. In 630 starts on tour, he logged 14 wins, 10 runners-up and earned over $31 million.
Perry won early and often on the Champions Tour, after turning 50 years old. He won in October, 2011 at the SAS Championship and added his second Champions Tour victory at the 2012 ACE Group Classic.
2013 is when he began to dominate the senior tour. He won the Senior Players Championship and followed up two weeks later with a win at the U.S. Senior Open. Consecutive major titles for the man who couldn’t get one on the regular tour.
With the bucketful of Charles Schwab Cup points he collected with these two majors, he won the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup and the $1 million bonus that goes with it.
He didn’t play in the 2013 Senior Open Championship due to a scheduling conflict, but started 2014 like he finished 2014 with a win at the first Champions Tour major the Regions Tradition.
He admitted this week that he desperately wants to add the Senior PGA Championship to his spectacular run of major wins. The winner this week receives an invite to the PGA Championship in August, which will be held in his home state of Kentucky at Valhalla, just outside of Louisville.
He wants to make it as his ‘swan song’ to the regular tour and to say thanks to his many fans that have supported him throughout the years.
Perry stated on Wednesday,
“I have become like the mayor, I am politicking heavy to get into the field at the PGA Championship.”
Even if he doesn’t win this week to get the automatic invite, PGA President, Ted Bishop should consider it very good use for one of his sponsor’s exemptions to get ‘Kentucky’s Favorite Son’ Perry into the field.