This week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville will likely be the last appearance in any of golf’s major competitions by Kenny Perry. The longtime Franklin, Kentucky resident is expected to begin focusing on the Champions Tour for golfers 50 and over.
Valhalla was the site of one of the biggest heartbreaks of Kenny Perry’s playing career. He finished second in a playoff to Mark Brooks in the 1996 PGA Championship. But 12 years later there was triumph, as Perry’s Ryder Cup team defeated the Europeans at Valhalla.
Now 54, Perry says he’s grateful for the chance to play in the PGA Championship a final time….in Kentucky.
Perry spent about an hour signing autographs after his Tuesday practice round. He says the attention is not a distraction from his preparations. Perry joked that he hasn’t had to sign all that many autographs over the years.
“To me, it’s my way to say thank you for 30 years of support, thank you for your love and your compassion for me,” said Perry. “I enjoyed it, for me personally. There were a lot of people yelling out where they were from---Glasgow, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky—just all these little towns that are around Franklin where I live”
Kenny Perry will tee off Thursday afternoon at 1:35 eastern in the opening round of the PGA Championship.