FOURTEEN times winner on the US PGA Tour Kenny Perry is celebrating the fact that having recently turned 50 he is now a rookie on the Champions Tour.
Perry has had a less than stellar year on the regular tour but hopes to turn things around when he debuts at the Administaff Small Business Classic at The Woodlands CC Tournament Course, The Woodlands, Texas, this week.
“I’ve had a smile on my face this week. It’s neat to get back with the guys you played with in your junior years. They’ve been calling me rookie all week. I have a hard time getting used to that. It’s hard to believe I’m 50,” Perry said.
Perry missed the cut in three of his last five PGA Tour events and then had six weeks off to rest and prepare for the over 50’s senior circuit.
“It’s been a neat two days since I’ve been here,” he said. “I’ve had all the guys coming up and welcoming me to this tour – Hale Irwin, Curtis Strange, Mark O’Meara, Ben Crenshaw. It’s the who’s who of golf. All these guys I’ve looked up to my whole career and who made me the player I am and they’re all here playing.”
“Their advice to me was that you’re going to have fun,” Perry said. “It’s totally different from the PGA Tour. I feel that. They’re relaxed and laid back and having a good time. I’ve been on the tour for 25 years and it’s a welcomed relief.”
Bernhard Langer, the Charles Schwab points leader, and second-place Fred Couples are also playing this week.
One of the tour’s rookies this year, Australia’s Peter Senior, should also be in a relaxed mode with his last start performance securing is spot on the 2011 tour.
The Classic will be covered on FoxSports beginning with edited highlights from the 1st Round on Saturday 11.30am – 1pm.