Kenny Perry was born on August 10, 1960 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky but spent his childhood and early adulthood in Franklin, Kentucky. He turned professional in 1982. In his first two bids for a PGA qualifier, he failed. In 1985, David Lipscomb University alumni loaned him $5,000 to try one last time to qualify for the PGA Tour in Q School and tied for 40th place securing a spot on the Tour.
The first few months of his career, he was having a difficulty keeping his qualifying position but his patience and hard work paid off earning $55,000 with a T4 scoring average at the May 1987 Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational. He made an effort of paying off his sponsors in his first attempts at the PGA Tour who were Franklin citizens. His first major win came in 1991 taking the Memorial Tournament Cup. He made back to back wins in 1994 and 1995, first with the New England Classic and second, the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
He gained runner up position in the 1996 PGA Championship as well as a T10 finish in the 1998 tournament. In 2001, he won the Buick Open title. He made his biggest finish in the US Open during the 2003 tournament earning the 3rd spot. The year was a great one for Perry placing T8 in the Open Championship and finished T10 at the PGA Championship.
He has regained the Memorial Tournament title in 2008 as well as the Buick Open. Perry has also been displaying his golfing prowess this year earning a P2 spot in the AT&T Classic, finishing T3 and T6 in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Travelers Championship respectively.In 2009, Perry won several events including The Masters Championship and the Travelers Championship. Through his good performance, Perry ended 2009 with a bang and landed on the No. 4 spot of the World rankings.
Currently, Perry is known as the player ranking the highest on the money list who is still without a major championship to his name.