November 30, 2008

7 Kenny Perry

All Perry, 48 years young, wanted was a little payback. He lost a PGA Championship at Valhalla in his home state of Kentucky and figured he could get even with a Ryder Cup. When he won three tournaments in five weeks in June and July, he was booked to Louisville. U.S. Open? Naw. British Open? No thanks. Talking heads were outraged. Perry yawned. He won his singles match with pain shooting down one arm to give his 84-year-old father, Ken, the gift of a lifetime. Sure, he was grumpy at the Tour Championship, but he did it like he did everything else last year: his way.