March 15 2011
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Not much has gone right for Kenny Perry so far this season. When you’ve won 14 times in your PGA TOUR career but your best finish in four appearances this year is a tie for 43rd at The Honda Classic, you’re looking for anything to help change your luck.
Perry serves as a spokesman for Transitions and this week’s stop at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club was always going to be on his playing schedule. However, as fate would have it, the Kentucky native received an added bonus last Sunday night when he found out Kentucky would be playing its opening game in this year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament in Tampa as well.
Another bit of good fortune went Perry’s way on Tuesday when he received an 8:58 a.m. tee time for Round 1 on Thursday. He’ll be able to finish early enough to easily make the short drive to the St. Petersburg Times Forum in downtown Tampa when the Wildcats tip-off against Princeton that same afternoon.
“I’ve never been to an NCAA Basketball Tournament game,” Perry said. “The fact that Kentucky’s here in this region the same week that I’m playing in the PGA TOUR event in Tampa makes it special.”
And hopefully the Wildcats will provide the impetus to turn around Perry’s game in 2011. – Phil Stambaugh