Perry Wakes Up Sees Wins Everywhere


MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Kenny Perry had himself a nice little career going. Entering this season, the kindly Kentucky gentleman had won four times on the PGA Tour. Perry had qualified for the prestigious Tour Championship the past two years by playing his way into the top 30 on the seasons money lists.
Up until this year, many would say Perry was a consistently good player whos enjoyed a solid career ' nothing spectacular. Well, that has all changed. Now it would be fair to call the 42-year-old Perry sensational.
His win at the Greater Milwaukee Open was his third of the year. Much more impressively, the win was Kennys third in his last four starts.
Heres what hes done during this Tiger-like stretch. During the week ending May 25 (after Annika had left), Perry blew away the field at the Colonial, winning by six strokes.
He won again the very next week at The Memorial, building another insurmountable lead that allowed him the luxury of a few late bogeys. He won by two.
The emotionally exhausted Perry then took one week off and came back to play the U.S. Open. What went wrong? He finished tied for third.
Kenny went back home to Franklin to spend time with his wife, his three kids and his dozens of Kentucky friends. After the three-week hiatus Perry returned to the PGA Tour here in Milwaukee.

He didnt expect much. Im pretty rusty, he told his amateur partners in Wednesdays pro-am. I should be back in the groove by Friday. The man knows his game.
On the par-70 Brown Deer Park course, Perry put together rounds of 69, 67, 66 and 66 to win by one. Win No. 3 for the year. Win No. 3 in a remarkable four-tournament run.
I dont know why, all of a sudden, Im winning, the humble veteran said. I guess its just my time I wasnt nervous out there I guess Im winning because I believe I can.
This latest victory took plenty of belief - and trust - in self. Perry started the final Milwaukee round with a one-stroke lead and built it to two on the front nine. It looked like another Perry run-away. Ah, but then he showed he was human ' bogeying No. 12 and double-bogeying 13. Suddenly the invincible Perry was trailing the unknown - and winless - Steve Allan by three.
Kenny got closer with a birdie on the par-five 15th. Then, a few groups ahead, Allan bogeyed 17. The lead was down to one. I told myself, when I saw that Allan had bogeyed, Perry recounted, that if I could birdie 17 and 18, I could win this thing.
Perry drained a 20-footer on 17 for the first bird to earn a tie for the lead. On the par-5 18th, he made an amazing birdie after short-siding himself with his second shot. His brilliant greenside pitch was, appropriately enough, out of some thick Kentucky blue-grass. Man, that shot turned out just perfect, a smiling Perry said.
So, in this one stunning run, Kenny has nearly doubled his career-win total. Explaining his success, he said, I dont consider golf life and death I dont put pressure on myself anymore,

And without putting any more pressure on himself, Perry has added an unforeseen goal to this years agenda. I think I might like to win the money title sure, why not.