OK, KENNY. Nice work. You were due.
The old man (47) by PGA Tour standards finally broke through at the Memorial Tournament after coming close the last few weeks at The Players Championship and AT&T Classic.
With his third Memorial victory, Kenny Perry is also in rare company. Only one other man has three victories at Jack’s tournament: Tiger Woods.
Woods claimed his three consecutively in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Perry, on the other hand, has spread his Memorial titles over 17 years, beginning with a playoff win over Hale Irwin in 1991.
Perry played near flawless golf in the final round, fashioning a 69 on a U.S. Open-tough Muirfield Village course that befuddled most of his young challengers. Eight under won the thing, the highest winning score on tour this year.
What could have been a breakthrough win for a Matthew Goggins or a Justin Rose, or a resurgent win for a Mike Weir or a Jerry Kelly, was instead the 10th tour win for an “old” man who wants one more shot as a Ryder Cupper. Perry has now moved up to fifth in Ryder Cup points and has a great shot at making Azinger’s team.
Way to go, Kenny.
−The Armchair Golfer