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Airline breaks Perry's very successful driver

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A winner of two majors this summer on the Champions Tour, Kenny Perry is in the midst of a career year and is currently the hottest player on the over-50 circuit. Thanks to a traveling snafu, though, his momentum may be derailed this week at the Boeing Classic outside Seattle.

Though he is endorsed by Southwest Airlines and brandishes the sponsor on his golf bag, Perry chose to fly on Delta from New York to Washington in advance of this week's event, a decision for which he paid dearly. According to a Seattle Times report, Perry realized upon arriving at the range Tuesday that his driver had not survived the flight.

'I pulled my clubs out and Delta broke my driver, the one I won all of my tournaments with this year,' said Perry, who won the Constellation Senior Players Championship in June and followed it with a victory at the U.S. Senior Open last month. 'It broke the head right off the shaft. I'm very upset at this point.'

According to the report, it remains uncertain how exactly the club was broken en route to TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Perry indicated that it's the only driver he has used all year during a season in which he has posted nine top-10 finishes in 13 starts on the Champions Tour, including his two major wins.

The 53-year-old quickly got the driver re-shafted, but expressed skepticism about how easily he will adjust to the newly-repaired club.

'Shafts don't replicate,' he added. 'As much as they say they're the same, they're not the same. So now I have to go get my confidence back off the tee because that's been my bread and butter this year.'