Craig Perks - May 10, 2012


2002 PLAYERS Champion Craig Perks earned his first and only PGA TOUR win 10 years ago when he needed just one putt and nine strokes over his last three holes in the final round. He needed a bogey on 18 to win the 2002 PLAYERS when he chipped in for par. It was a very emotional week with an unbelievable finish. He actually did not any idea what was all unfolding because there were so many emotions involved.

When he walked onto the 16th tee in the final round, he knew that he trailed Stephen Ames by one shot after missing a short putt at 15. He hit the fairway at 16 after hitting just three fairways earlier in the day and then when he chipped in for eagle he knew that it was time to go out and win. He was very relieved to hit the green at 17 and was pleasantly surprised to make the birdie there. He had never won on the PGA TOUR at that point and 18 is one of the toughest closing holes in golf so he felt fortunate just to make par for the win.

After he won the 2002 PLAYERS, he tried to change a lot of things about his golf swing and his life and that led to the collapse of his playing career. Looking back, he would not change anything about his life and the reason he tried to change so many things was that he lacked self-confidence in his own abilities and he would repeat that reflection as advice for players who in the future will find themselves in his position. He also added that if he had not tried to change so many things about himself after winning THE PLAYERS, he would possibly be playing in THE PLAYERS this week instead of working as a commentator.