November 23, 2015

A pack of legitimate contenders could lay claim for the top spot in the Bluegrass State: Bobby Nichols (11 wins, 1964 PGA Championship), Gay Brewer (10 wins, 1967 Masters), Jodie Mudd (4 wins, 1990 Players). You might also toss Russ Cochran and Steve Flesch into the mix. Still, the nod goes to Perry, in large part due to his longevity on the PGA Tour and to his success on the Champions Tour. Born in Elizabethtown and raised in Franklin, Perry played his high school golf near Paducah and attended college at Western Kentucky in Bowling Green. From 1991 through ’09, he notched 14 PGA Tour wins, including three at the Memorial. Among his eight Champions Tour wins are three majors. Perhaps Perry will be best remembered for his heartbreaking runner-up finishes in two regular tour majors, the 1996 PGA at Valhalla, in his home state, and the 2009 Masters.