PINEHURST, N.C. — Kenny Perry, perhaps playing in his final U.S. Open, made one of the toughest shots of the tournament Saturday.
Perry eagled the par-4 14th with a 220-yard shot out of a bunker. The ball bounced on the green and rolled straight to the pin with enough speed that he thought it might zip right by the hole.
"Came out like a dream," said Perry, who played at Lone Oak and Western Kentucky. "I thought it was going to go over the green and then all of a sudden people started jumping up in the air and it had perfect speed on it. That's the longest shot I've ever made ever in my life, period, from 220 out of a bunker with a hybrid."
The 53-year-old Perry, who plays on the Champions Tour, is playing in the Open for the first time since 2010. He played Saturday with Billy Horschel — who at 27 is the same age as Perry's youngest daughter.
"I still hit my drivers as far as Billy hits it, but his irons are different," Perry said. "They're coming out higher, softer, more spin. My irons are a lot flatter now with less spin.
"It makes it very difficult to compete in a major championship, but it does just fine on the Champions Tour."
He was 7 over after a 74.
"I tell you what ... it was a golf course of 18 of the toughest pins I've ever seen," Perry said. "It was probably the hardest setup I've ever experienced in a major championship. ... I was 7-over after seven today and I hadn't hit it that poorly."