Perry named Champions Tour Player of the Year


Following a season in which he won back-to-back majors, Kenny Perry was named Champions Tour Player of the Year in an announcement from the Tour on Wednesday.

Along with Bernhard Langer, Perry was the only player to crack the $2 million mark in earnings on the over-50 circuit this season. He broke through to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship for his first career Champions Tour major, then followed that up with a win at the U.S. Senior Open two weeks later. The 53-year-old also went on to capture the season-long Charles Schwab Cub in November.

"I'm thrilled to be the Champions Tour Player of the Year," said Perry. "I figured I had a pretty good shot at it but Bernhard had a heck of a year too and you never know until the votes are counted. The fact that this award comes from a vote by my peers is a real honor and I am very proud to receive it."

Perry notched 12 top-10 finishes in 20 starts this year, a campaign that became highlighted by his weekend prowess. After closing with rounds of 63-64 to claim the Senior Players title at Fox Chapel, the Kentucky native shot 64-63 to run away from the field at the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha.

"Kenny had an incredible year,” noted Champions Tour president Mike Stevens. “To win any major championship requires terrific skill but to win consecutive major titles, particularly with the fantastic scores he shot in Pittsburgh and Omaha, is an amazing feat."

Perry was chosen to receive the honor over seven other nominees, each of whom won multiple times this season. Among that select group was Rocco Mediate, who took home Rookie of the Year honors after a year in which he won twice, including in his first career Champions Tour start at the Allianz Championship in February.