June 27 2010
It wasn't a good return to TPC River Highlands for Kenny Perry. The man who shot 63 to win by a stroke in 2009 was 10 shots higher that that this year, with his 73-73 finish putting him near the bottom of players who made the cut.
It's been a weird year for Perry. He started the year by accidentally breaking his favorite putter, then finishing tied for sixth at the winners-only SBS Championship. Since then, he hasn't had a single top-10, but at the same time, he's only missed one cut.
He's still probably the best driver of the golf ball on TOUR. Even has he nears his 50th birthday, he still averages 290 yards off the tee with Fred Funk-ish accuracy (70 percent). He's still near the top of the TOUR in Total Driving.
But nothing really went right this week. His tee shots sprayed more than usual -- he only hit half the fairways -- and he was near the bottom in putting, burning through 126 putts. For the year, he's 151st in putting average, well off his career year of 2008, when he ranked 63rd.