Perry ups Tour schedule
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
KAPALUA, Hawaii – How does Kenny Perry follow a season in which he successfully challenged himself to make the Ryder Cup team?
In 2009 he vows to turn into Dana Quigley.
“I’m going to give it a pretty hard push and see what I can do,” said Perry, who at 48 could play as many as 30 PGA Tour tournaments. “It’s a huge year for me and a lot of events.”
At first glance, you’d have to think that Perry really took to heart the video message from commissioner Tim Finchem that players make more of a commitment to tournaments in light of the economic downturn. But it has more to do with a brilliant ’08 season (three wins, more than $4.6 million in prize money, Ryder Cup glory) producing great options.
Perry said he’d target all four major championships (he played in only one in 2008 and even then withdrew after the first round of the PGA) and all three World Golf Championships (he played in just one last season). Factor in the possibility he’ll sign up for all four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments and will not subtract any of those annual favorites that he has acquired a taste for and, well, the count could reach 30 and match his career-high of 1994.
“I think it’s going to be a great year. I’m looking forward to it,” said Perry.
But, of course, with more than $26 million in earnings and the Champions Tour on the horizon, don’t expect this Quigley imitation to have a long run, because “if this year doesn’t go very well, you’ll probably see me start scaling back the next few years.”