it's really my pleasure to introduce our
defending champion Kenny Perry. I
have to get all these facts right so I'm
going to make sure I read them.
Kenny is a 14-time winner on the PGA TOUR, and
he holds the record for the
lowest 72-hole score of 258 here at the TPC River
Highlands, which he
carded last year on his way to victory.
has posted really multiple wins in
2009 for the fourth time in his career
en route to a 9th place finish in the
FedExCup standings. Kenny was also
named to the U.S. Presidents Cup team for
the fourth time, which is just a
tremendous honor and well-deserved and
well-earned, and was named the 2009
Payne Stewart Award winner, which was
great, too. Congratulations,
he's not golfing, you might find Kenny
working at Country Creek, which is a
public golf course that he built in his
hometown of Franklin, Kentucky. Ty
Votaw told a story about that this morning.
I've got to tell you, it brings
tears to your eyes to think that you give back
that much to your community
and you feel that passionately about it. So we're
glad to have you here.
Berman is going to join Kenny today
for the press conference, and Chris really
needs no introduction. Chris has
been on-air with ESPN since the station
was founded in 1979. He's been named
the National Sportscaster of the Year
six times by the National Sportscasters
and Sportswriters Association. He's
been a great supporter of our event here as
you know, and his energy and
his guidance has been so important to us about
growing the circle around
welcome, Kenny, welcome, Chris.
Welcome to Connecticut. There's something about home cooking that's
off not just in name on cup, but it's paid off -- you've played well here,
like coming here. Tell us how that all got started, staying with the same
in Wethersfield, right?
hard to believe this is my 24th year on TOUR. That's hard to believe. It's
by so fast. But back in 1986 when I got my card, I didn't have a lot of
got kids, so I was looking for private housing. So when I came to the
Ted May, I guess it was Ted or somebody, they hooked me up with the
Their youngest daughter was three months old at the time I showed up,
now she's graduated college. Their three older ones, they've all had kids.
got grandkids now. So it's been a great relationship. They're
part of my family now.
actually going to have Steve caddie for
me this year in the tournament. He
may die on me in about -- I don't know what
hole, if he can make it or not
carrying that bag. But there's a lot of great
memories here. You know, it's
pretty ironic; last year -- I had set some pretty
good goals in '08 to make
the Ryder Cup team. But in my 24 years on TOUR I had
two places I really
wanted to win; one was here at the Travelers, and one was
in Phoenix, the
Waste Management. You know what, I did them both last year.
It was pretty neat
how here I am at 49 years
old doing things you're probably not supposed to
be able to do, and I was able
to knock out -- to make the Ryder Cup in '08
and then win these two tournaments
in '09. I pretty much accomplished
everything I wanted to on TOUR.
always the night before, Saturday night, or anything changed, same room,
they cook out, we've got steaks. We always play poker at night. They
get my money. And for some reason, I don't know how it got started, they
get me Fig Newtons, and I hate Fig Newtons. I guess that's just part of
goals this year. Obviously a major is every goal. You were so close at
Masters a year ago. What's this year's goal at 49? I'm not going to August
question. I turn 50 in August, so I've got four more years' exemptions on
regular TOUR, so you'll see me the next four years on the PGA TOUR, and
probably see me kind of bouncing -- I'll play a few Champions Tour
here and there to see what it's like out there.
But yeah, I've
been struggling with goals
this year. It's been a great question. I had my
goals in '08, I had my goals in
'09, and then I lost my mother in October,
and that's been tough. So I've kind
of brought -- I've gotten closer to my
family. My son has been caddying for me
since October of last year. And I'm
trying to bring my family closer to me.
It's not all been
about golf here these past
-- my dad is 86 and he's struggling a little
bit. So I've kind of turned my
focus more towards my family, and I've kind
of pushed my golf aside a little
bit and it's shown.
I've played very
poorly this year. I've
struggled -- a gentleman gave me this putter I've
been using. It's a Ping
Craz-E. It's just an old putter he gave me four
years ago, and I've just putted
magical with this putter, and five minutes
before my tee time at Kapalua this
year, I hit a 30-footer, I just hit a
30-foot putt, and I looked down and the
head had spun 360 degrees on the
In a Ping Craz-E,
they've got a ball bearing
down in the hosel, and the shaft goes over the
ball bearing and it holds the
shaft in on the putter. And what had
happened, the putter had rusted from the
inside out, and it snapped around
the ball bearing.
had it reshafted twice, and my first
thought when that happened, I thought,
this is going to be a tough year.
I've just had a lot of crazy things
happen. I'm not adjusted very well to
the V-groove rules. I had played that set
of irons for four years that I
used that I won here with last year. All my
equipment, wedges, putter,
everything I had used for four years, I hadn't
changed anything. And now
it's a complete new bag with the V-groove rule, a new
I've had elbow
issues. I went and saw Dr.
Andrews down in Birmingham, Alabama, about my
elbow. And I'm just getting old.
The old machine is breaking down here a
little bit. Things have happened.
I've tired a trainer a week ago, so
we're going to -- we've got a new goal,
a new focus. We're going to lose some
weight and we're going to try to get
stronger and we're going to try to get the
fire back and be competitive
again out here on the PGA TOUR.
say this, though: 14 wins, 11 of them came in his 40s. So there's hope
most of us, although some of us are past that already. Why? Why have you
a smarter player? Why?
it was a combination of a lot of things. You know, I always struggled
the family issue. I have three kids, and in the '90s and in the '80s my
were young, growing up, and they were calling me on the phone, Dad, I want
home, come on home, we miss you. That really tore at me. That was really
back then. Well, my oldest is married now; my son is caddying for me; and
youngest daughter is going to graduate from SMU here in May, so Sandy and
have been empty nesters.
actually kind of fell in love again.
We've just kind of been honeymooning
I've been saying because for our 28 years
of marriage, I told her I've only
known her for 14 because she was home raising
the kids while I was out here
trying to make a living.
I think what's all that kind of -- my
kids are doing great, and when I got
into my 40s, I kind of refocused; I kind
of rededicated myself to golf and
to what I love and my passion, and it showed.
I didn't really have the
financial issues that I was worried about, the
college, and we had all that
lined out and we had everything going great.
Shoot, I just started hitting
that golf ball on the range. I started practicing
really hard; I started
getting really focused to see what I could do. And you
know what, magic
happened. I started winning, and it came in bunches.
I mean, I think
Vijay is the only other guy
who's won more than me in the 40s, and so I've
been very fortunate to keep my
game together as long as I have. I mean, the
last ten years have been
This year has been
a horrible year and I've
really struggled. So you know what, I can be very
thankful that I've been able
to maintain that for as long as I have.
up on a day like -- we'll have some questions later, but let's go back
last June. You shoot a 61 on the first day. Now, come on, first of all. Do
wake up or hit a couple balls on the range and go, boy, I don't know what
score is going to be? And a 63 on the last day in which you let nobody get
Every time someone might make a run, Paul Goydos or whatever, you're six
and make the putt. Do you know? Do you know this should be a pretty good
PERRY: No, I
have. It seems like every time I've ever said, this is the day, or I'm
to make it happen today, I play very poorly. I put too much pressure on
It seems like when I'm able to just kind of what I call point and
enjoy the whole process, it kind of all comes together. I
don't get ahead of
at Augusta. Y'all watched that
happen. To be two ahead with two to go to
win the Masters, and I got ahead of
myself there. I said, all I've got to
do is make two pars to win the Masters. I
didn't think that here. That was
actually a great learning process for me when
I came here. I came to the
71st hole here thinking -- I didn't think, I've got
to make two pars to
win. I birdied 17 here, the 71st hole. I hit a beautiful
3-iron and 7-iron
in there eight feet, ten feet below the hole, was able to
knock it in and
give myself a pretty good cushion to win the golf
had the pedal to the metal. I was going to
make birdies. I was going to try
to make as many as I could and play as smart
as I could. My thought at
Augusta was conservatively aggressive. That was kind
of my word for the
week. I kind of continued that on through the rest of the
year when I came
You know, this is
not one of the longer
courses on TOUR, and I just love it. I've seen the
evolution of this whole
tournament. I remember when was it the Sammy Davis
and Canon, and I've seen all
the sponsors come in. I remember the 18th, the
amphitheater of all the
thousands of people. This is one of the tournaments
that had one of the
greatest galleries of all time. That finishing hole is
unbelievable, and it's
coming back, thanks to Travelers.
Andy, I thank you.
I thank you for what I
love and for you coming in here and bringing this
tournament back. It's coming
back now, and I see the excitement here, and
it makes me feel good.
you know, it's just been a special place.
And I remember the old course,
and I loved it. And the new course now, now with
the new driving range, the
facilities here are top-notch; they're one of the
best we have on TOUR. So
the sky's the limit here. I look forward to coming
back as long as they'll
chances. Majors are still going to come, but look, we've been around
60 years. You say this is one of your goals not only the friendship and
field, but look at the names on the Cup. They're all on there, Palmer,
just blows me away. Yeah, all the great names of all that have ever
the game are on this trophy.
it, so what does that mean to you?
I got lucky one week.
it's very special. I mean, to be able to
kind of hang onto their coattails,
their shirttails and be associated with them
a little bit, our past, our
great players who -- I'll never forget Arnie; he
was my Presidents Cup
captain, and he came up and gave me a big hug, and he
looked at me, and his
words of advice -- he said, I want to give you some
advice; protect the
game. That's all he told me.
at the time I never understood what he
meant by "protect the
game." And as I've gotten older and gotten
older and gotten older,
I understand what he means. I look at these young kids,
how they act
sometimes and what they do and what they say. You know, they were
professional back then. They made the game. They made it what it is, and
expect us to carry on with the tradition and the history of the TOUR.
You look at all
the great names on this cup,
and to be part of it, it's part of my
responsibility to teach the kids and to
tell them how they need to be
acting and what they need to be doing.
the Payne Stewart Award. That award, in case you haven't seen it,
for someone who loves golf but who protects the game, who gives back,
gets it. What does that mean to you to be there with that?
PERRY: I was
I was even mentioned to be on that ballot, and then when Commissioner
came to me on the 6th hole in a practice round at Muirfield and told me
had been selected the recipient of that award, I was blown away. I had to
of step back and think for a minute there. That list is unbelievable,
won that. You've got Byron Nelson; you've got Arnie and Jack; you've got
the greats that have ever played have received that award.
And it just told
me the things I'm doing in
my life are right, are correct, the way I'm
thinking, my charity with my
Christian college there, Lipscomb University,
what I give there, the Boys and
Girls Club I help and Potter's Children's
Orphanage there in Bowling Green I
help. I do these things because I love them.
These kids have tough -- they
don't have good influences in their lives,
their parents didn't raise them
well, and they've had some problems.
It's neat, we
finally broke ground in
Franklin. We built a gymnasium and we built a
school that started off with
about 30 kids, and now there's over 700 kids
there where they can come, they
can be taught, it's computers, and it's
just amazing how this has grown. We've
actually outgrown the facility. And
we're just a small town of 8,000 people or
10,000. Franklin is just a
little bitty town.
amazing, when good people come
together. I love the Hole in the Wall Gang
stories. That is just tremendous.
All those things are dear to my heart.
They just told me the Payne Stewart
Award, they look at that and they look
at the person as a whole. Obviously
you've got to play some good golf, but
I don't think necessarily you have to --
you've got to do a little
something, but I think they look at the person and
the man as a whole. It
really blew me away.
an accomplishment in addition to everything. Golf is confidence.
picture, little picture. I want to share a story. I'm sure you go into
event, this is going to be my weekend, it doesn't go well. Bethpage at
Open last year was so bizarre, you guys were warming up at 6:30 at night
play three holes two days in a row, which was bizarre, right?
twilight rate. If you pay 20 bucks you can play three holes at Bethpage. I
it had to be Sunday night, meaning they finished on a Monday, I went
and we talked for a second. I said, why don't you come up the road here
week and win this thing. You've come enough. It's about time. And you
right around like in backswing, which I felt bad about, and you went,
you're talking." And you kind of had a -- am I right? You had
vibes on it.
had good vibes coming here. You know, the staff is great here, the
is run great. There's just so many great things that happen here
makes it easy. They make it easy on us. They spoil us to death.
know, I just have too many great
memories here. I've had some
disappointments. I'll never forget, y'all remember
when I guess it was like
Pete Dye, the 17th had the railroad ties in front of
the greens, I was tied
for the lead, I forget what year it was; it was in the
late '80s, I
believe. And I had driven it into the left rough over there by the
and I hit this pretty 8-iron going straight at the flag, and I'm
oh, boy, this is it. And it hits right on the boards and it kind of
and goes in the water and I end up making double bogey and I end up
from that moment on, I thought, I really
want to win this tournament. For
some reason I felt like I could win here. So
that's always kind of been
there. I'm kind of a creature of habit; when I win
once, I usually win
multiple times. I'll tell you what, I've never been able to
championship in all my other wins, so this might be the
got rid of
those Pete Dye railroad ties. They're out of here. One little golf
I ask you this because we played once. So for those of us Champions
members who can't quite -- you do something, you said you don't even know
it is. You told me that, I can't believe that. You get here -- and then
another little move to kind of create the power so you're not out-hit by
25-year-olds. What do you do?
know, I have lost that. That's why this year I have lost 10 or 12 yards
my tee ball, and I've seen my swing, and it's not there. What's
happened is as
I've gotten older I've gotten shorter; my swing has gotten a
little shorter, so
that's why we're working on a lot of flexibility now to
get that little hitch
back that -- people cause it a pause, a hitch. I
never felt it; I never knew it
When I swing, to
me it feels like it's just
one continuous motion. You know, in college they
called me "lift and
smash" or whatever because I'd pick
the club up and then I'd hit it. I had
a lot of nicknames from that golf
swing. It all started in college.
hurt my neck really bad in college, and I
couldn't hardly turn my head, so
to get the club back I would lift it up. So it
all started in college. You
know, kids, we got a little crazy in the hotel
room, got to wrestling
around a little bit, and a guy put me in a headlock and
he hurt me. Anyway,
that's how it goes.
guess I ought to thank him now because my
ball-striking has been great over
the last 25 years.
back, won't you.
(Question regarding Tom Watson.)
amazing. He's had hip replacement surgery. I've talked to Tom quite a
You know what, his enthusiasm is back. He's just got -- seems like he's
a passion. He's wanting to prove something for some reason. I don't know
or what's got into him, and his golf swing looks better than ever. He's
got a long, free-flowing golf swing. It looks like he's going to be able
play as long as he wants to.
know, I think it just depends on the
individual in that situation. I mean,
you see a lot of great players. I mean,
he's kept his weight down. He's in
great shape. So he's got a purpose, and he's
got a reason why he wants --
that's probably a question you're going to have to
But I'm kind of in
that situation right now.
I'm kind of having to work my way back if I want
to get back to where I was in
one year younger. You're seeing Fred Couples who's had back --
have to ask him, but maybe the goal of I can play on the Champions
and by the way, win every week, he's Rookie of the Year, which is
at 50, and then he almost wins the Masters.
success breeds success. It breeds a lot of confidence, and all of a
Freddie starts winning, he starts holing a few putts, and the next thing
know, he's all smiles on the range at Augusta. It was funny watching him
around there. He was on cloud nine. He was strolling in those sneakers
no socks or whatever he was wearing out there. I don't even know if those
golf shoes, what he was playing in.
He made it
look easy. He's always made the
game look easy, simple. He's just a fun guy
to be around, and everybody loves
(Question regarding playing on the
know, I'm not exactly sure where -- I'm going to see where I stand in the
when I turn 50 on August 10th. We start the FedEx, and it's usually in
If I'm playing like I'm playing right now, you'll see me at the Jeld-Wenn.
if I all of a sudden turn it around and start playing better and see if I
make a Ryder Cup team again this year, you'll see me continue to play on
-- exactly. That's kind of up in the air for right now.
decided this is the one you're going to defend at, so there you go.
answered that question.
(Question regarding Brian Davis'
two-stroke penalty in Hilton
what, I would have never have called it on myself because I wouldn't think
I didn't think he broke a rule. I didn't actually realize that that was a
impediment because I thought it was -- I would have thought it was
But it's pretty awesome. I called a penalty on myself at Augusta this
Nobody saw it. My ball moved -- it moved about a quarter of an inch, so I
to call a rules official and I had to call a penalty on myself.
special about our sport and
about our game. We all self-manage it, and
that's the beauty of our sport.
You'd never seen a basketball player or
somebody called a foul on himself or
whatever. You just wouldn't see
That's what I love
about our sport, and I
thought it was awesome. But I learned something. I
didn't realize he broke a --
when I first saw it, I thought, he didn't
break a rule there. I learned
something. We're always learning. But it was
pretty impressive, what he did. It
showed a lot of character.
What's your last swing thought before you
swing the club at
airborne. You know, really, there is no swing thought in my head. I think
you're thinking about the golf shot, you're dead. You're really in
If you've got to think about something to hit the ball -- to me when I
my best golf, I really don't have a lot of thoughts, it's just point and
I'm just kind of looking at the target and I'm aiming at it, and I'm
swinging for all I've got.
are the fun tournaments. That's what
happened here. Magic happened here for
me last year during the Travelers.
right now I've got a couple of swing
issues that we're working on. I've got
a little problem in my golf swing, and
I'm really struggling hitting the
golf ball because I'm thinking the whole time
about my golf swing. It just
I think the less -- you need to think
about it when you're on the range.
When you get to the golf course you need to
figure out how to just play,
how to score.
Your standard shot is a draw - do you
ever try to fade the golf ball in a
well. Yeah, and I do do it, but if there's a back right pin, you'll never
me intentionally hit a fade into it unless there's a tree in between me
the flag. I've played one way my whole career, and it's very easy. I've
been able to eliminate one side of the golf course, which most
people if you've
got a two-way miss, you're in trouble. So I've only got a
one-way miss, and
it's pretty easy to play golf with a one-way miss.
(Question regarding players playing all
tournaments on the PGA TOUR
a player play each event once in three years like they've talked
think it's a great idea, I really do. The so-called elite players,
play your majors and your World Golf events, and then a few of their
events and then you don't see them anywhere else.
If you want to
grow the game, you need to --
I remember as a kid when I was playing in the
'80s and '90s, I would play 30,
35 events a year. I didn't get in the
majors and I didn't get -- we didn't have
the world events then, but I
played pretty much everywhere I could play and I
tried to support all the
tournaments. That was important to me. That's probably
an individual thing,
and I wish the TOUR would make it a little harder stand on
that and make
the guys support all the events one time.
think it's a great idea, I really do. It
would broaden the game. It would
bring interest to your smaller quality events
that can't quite -- don't
have the purse or the funds to get them in there, and
they'll have great
galleries. It would bring a lot of awareness to golf, and I
think it's very
Arnold Palmer, but growing up did you have a guy -- it could have
Byron Nelson. Byron Nelson was the coolest guy I've ever met. He would
like me and you are talking, and what was amazing about that man, he would
he told me all about his 11-win streak, when he won 11 in a row. He could
me on his first tournament of the first win, he would tell me what he hit
the 54th hole into the club, what club he hit, and then he'd tell me what
cheese and crackers cost him and his Coke that he ate.
You know, I can't
even remember what I hit
here last year half the time. I struggle. Here he
was 30 years later, and he
would send me personal, handwritten notes,
little -- saying you played great
this week, or I was proud -- great win,
whatever. Just a little handwritten
note signed by Byron Nelson. I have so
many of those. I've got them all
And then he would
call me and ask me if I
was coming to play in his tournament. How could you
say no to Byron Nelson? I
was like, I'll be there, Byron, no problem. I
loved Byron Nelson, plus he was a
good Christian man. My faith means
everything to me, and I loved his morality,
his character. That just meant
a lot to me.
mention that on Wednesday night, the wives last year, the PGA
wives, had a
big hand in one of our charity events, and Sandy was right up
lovely bride, she helps a lot with the Tour Wives Association, and any
that they can do, she's right in the middle of it. I think it's pretty
She kind of mentors a lot of the younger wives now, and they have a great
They raise a lot of money for charities, as well. And it's pretty neat
watch them work.
Kenny, this course -- I'm not putting anything on -- 258 is 258. So
this was ever set up U.S. Open style. The TOUR will never allow them
it. I know it's short, it's a par 70, I understand, but just this course,
you know and you love, and you won here, supposing they could set up even
I don't mean the years that they had the seven-inch rough, supposing they
what they do to a U.S. Open, how would this play?
You grow 15- to 18-yard fairways with six-inch rough, I mean, come
scores might be just a little bit lower than like a Pebble Beach or
or whatever because they're a little bit longer. I mean, you can still
the bombing down factor a little bit; guys will start bombing drivers down
as far as they can and then try to hack it out of that
But you get the
greens up to 12, 13 on the
stimpmeter and then you grow heavier rough, you
can do that to any golf course.
Firm up the greens, get them to where
they're so firm that the golf balls,
you've really got to be in the fairway
to where you can have a little ball control.
It would hang right in there
with any of them. That's what I like about
see you here for the 2019 U.S. Open. It hasn't been announced yet, but
work on that. We're just playing.
got a new trainer, you're confident
every week. Where do you go from here?
You don't play this week?
week, but I'll play Charlotte next week and then THE PLAYERS, and then
week off because my daughter is graduating from SMU, got to go to graduation
in Dallas, and then I'll play -- it leads right into the Byron Nelson and
and Memorial, those three in a row.
had a little success -- if I can win
Byron I'll have them all, because I've
won Jack's, I've won Hogan's and I've
won Arnie's. I just need Byron's.
That golf course hates me.
is still a goal of any player. What that was like in your home state
years ago? I know you've told the story, but do you still harken back to
Probably the single greatest experience I've had in golf, period, out
anything I've ever done. It was like playing the 18th hole here, the 72nd
here on Sunday, but every hole out there was like that hole. That's the
that that tournament brought.
know, there I am in Louisville,
Kentucky, in my home state in front of all
my friends -- I got what I call a
mulligan in life. I don't know if you've
ever got a mulligan in life. But back
in 1996 I lost the PGA Championship
there to Mark Brooks, and everybody
criticized me for sitting in the booth
with Ken Venturi saying I should have
been on the range practicing. It was
110 degrees, it was hot out there, and they
all thought I got stiffed, and
I said, you're crazy.
anyway, I hacked it all up on the last
hole, and that's what everybody kind
of remembered me for in my home state of
Kentucky is how I blew the PGA.
Well, I got my goal; I got to be able to be on
Paul Azinger's -- Paul
Azinger was a magical captain. Got to go back to my home
state and played
On the 6th hole on
Sunday I was playing
Henrik Stenson, all right, and Henrik, he's one of the
best players in the
world, and he's one of the best match play players. He
even won the Match Play
event. I knew I had my hands full. I had birdied
four of the first five, and
the 5th hole I made a 30-footer for par, and he
stood up on the 7th tee, and he
looked at had he, and he said,
"You're going to make this hard on me
today, aren't you?"
I'll never forget that.
busted out laughing. I said, "Henrik,
it's nothing personal, but
I'm coming after you today, buddy." I ended up
closing him out on
16. I won 3 & 2.
I'll never forget it, my dad, y'all saw
him in his bib overalls. Here's a
man that worked for a life and casualty
forever and then it was American
General, and he was an insurance man his whole
life, pretty funny how this
all happens, and here he is, and once he quit
wearing a suit and tie, he's
never put one on since. And he put his bib
overalls on, and there he comes
strolling up on the green, he's got his cigars
in his front pocket here,
and gave me the biggest hug and told me that's one of
the greatest gifts I
could have ever given him. For a father and son that was
You know, just the
whole week was
unbelievable, how the team came together. We went to a pep
Louisville. That was incredible. It was just a fun week.
Everything we did was
had a great -- I don't know if
y'all have heard this. He put us in pods,
what he called pods. He took a Navy
Seal manual and he personally profiled
each one of us. He had a red light, a
yellow light and a green light
situation, where like Phil and Tiger Woods were
two red lights. He would
never pair those two together he said. What he did, he
gave ownership to
one member of each pod, and it was me and Boo Weekley, J.B.
Holmes, and I don't
know how Jim Furyk got in our pod. We were the redneck
group. I don't know
how he got in there, but we taught Jimmy some new language.
anyway, before, Paul was calling me a
lot and texting me, he says, who
would you like as a captain's pick in your
pod? And I said, I want J.B.
Holmes. I said, one, he's a fellow Kentuckian and
that would just really
boost Kentucky, and two, he's an incredible match play
player and he hits
it so stinkin' far it just intimidates the heck out of
everybody else. So
it was pretty cool. I got J.B. Holmes in my pod.
And then Phil was
the leader of his group,
and it was pretty neat how he put -- Paul's goal
was that you could take four
golf balls in each pod, throw them up in the
air and however they came out, the
two closest together, those two players
would be very successful on what they
did. He said we're going to prepare
hard and we're going to go out and have a
lot of fun.
Paul did an
unbelievable job. I was really
impressed with how he handled us and how he
got us to come together as a team.
Golf is such an individual sport, it's
neat to be kind of a part of a team for
once. It makes everything so
converted Furyk a little.
see he's won twice this year, so he learned something.
this time, who was sitting here? Who was defending champ last year?
here in April and won the British Open. So
like way you're thinking.
exactly what you said at Bethpage, I like the way you're thinking. We
the way you're thinking. There have been almost 60 names on this thing,
there are very few that resonate like yours, and you know the names on
So we mean that from everybody here. You're a great camp and you've been
supporter when we were big, not so big, always had a big heart, and
roots for you. Welcome home. Kenny
Perry, your defending