Fan questions with Kenny Perry
May 06, 2014
- Kenny Perry took some time to answer questions from fans. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
With a win at the 2013 Constellation SENIOR Players Championship, Kenny Perry picked up his first major title and a ticket to THE 2014 PLAYERS. As the only Champions Tour player in this week’s field at TPC Sawgrass, Perry took the opportunity to answer a few questions his Champions Tour fans had on Facebook:
The first question for Kenny Perry is from Sammy Smith: How is the transition from the PGA TOUR to the Champions Tour? What advice would he give a player who wants to play the Champions Tour as well?
Kenny Perry: Very easy, very relaxing. It’s like the PGA TOUR is a 100 yard dash - where the Champions Tour is a stroll in the park. I’ve truly enjoyed the crossover. At first, I was a little apprehensive about it but once I finally got in there with all the World Golf Hall of Fame members, got to hang out with them and play a lot of golf, I found out how valuable the Champions Tour was and how much I truly enjoyed playing in it.
If you want to play the Champions Tour, you better make a lot of birdies. I have buddies that never played the PGA TOUR and they think they can play the Champions Tour. You’re playing against the same guys that were on the PGA TOUR and now are on the Champions Tour and it’s a very competitive and deep field. It’s amazing how good they play.
Bryan Gore wants to know: It seems like there have been a lot of wins by the “younger” guys on the Champions Tour, why do you think that is?
Kenny Perry: I think that’s the way it is. From 50-55 is usually the timeframe because the younger of the guys get in and dominate on the Champions Tour. You see that over and over again. You don’t see many guys winning after the age of 55. That’s kind of your window, 50-55. After that I call it “semi-retired” and you’re just enjoying the atmosphere out there.
Mark Lee’s question for Perry: What do you like better, the PGA TOUR or Champions Tour?
Kenny Perry: I enjoy the Champions Tour a whole lot more. Those are all the guys I looked up to and aspired to be like. I wanted to play with and play against them. They made me who I was. I just love the camaraderie and the fellowship out there on the Champions Tour.
Kenny Barrett asked: How do you stay focused on the next two months playing all this golf?
Kenny Perry: Great question. To me I’m just going to have to be patient more than anything. I’m going to have to figure out a way to conserve my energy. Not over practice and be ready mentally. To me, it’s not about the practice anymore; it’s about my head being in the right place.
Our last question came from Zach Hearon: What are you looking forward to the most this week at THE PLAYERS?
Kenny Perry: I’m looking forward to seeing all my old buddies for one thing. It would be good to see J.B. Holmes, he won last week, and congratulate him. Hanging out with Josh Teater. Guys I don’t see much. I’ve already been in the locker room this morning. I talked to Matt Kuchar and John Senden. It’s funny, I tell people that most of the kids I play with are younger than my youngest daughter when I come back to the PGA tour. I’m more of an instigator or an aggravator than I am a competitor.
Many thanks to Kenny for taking time to answer some of our fan questions. Good luck this week at THE PLAYERS and show the young guys how it’s done.