Kenny Perry: ‘My Body Froze Up, My Mind Froze Up’ In 2009 Masters
The most vivid moment from Kenny Perry’s loss of a two-shot lead in the final two holes of the 2009 Masters is the skulled chip he hit on the 18th hole Sunday. That’s him reacting to it above. But Perry tells Golf Magazine’s Jessica Marksbury the real trouble began a hole earlier when he realized he was on the verge of winning the Masters.
“(The pivotal moment) was the tee shot on 17. All week, my goal was to be conservatively aggressive, only going for the pins that I thought I could get at. And I was putting beautifully. All of a sudden, I hit it to within an inch on 16 on Sunday. I tap it in for birdie, I look over at the leaderboard, and I’m like, “Oh man, I’ve got a two-shot lead.” And I went from being conservatively aggressive to conservative … My body froze up, my mind froze up, and instead of swinging at the ball, I started steering the ball. My thought was, “All you gotta do is make two pars to win the Masters.”
Perry tells Marksbury he would trade his career earnings of $32 million for that Masters title, which he estimates to be worth at least $40 million. You can read more in the Golf Magazine Kenny Perry Interview here.