Beshear soaks up PGA matches; Perry revels in birthday serenades

LOUISVILLE — Gov. Steve Beshear was among the golf fans following Rory, Rickie and Phil in the PGA Championship at Valhalla on Sunday.

After watching Saturday's action from a chalet while hosting guests as part of the state's economic development, Beshear was inside the ropes Sunday getting an up-close view of the golf.

He followed Rory McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger for the first nine, then caught up with Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson at the turn.

"It looks like this is where the action is," Beshear said as Fowler birdied the 10th hole.

"I've played this course a number of times, or I guess it's more accurate to say this course has played me a number of times. It always brings me to my knees, so I know just how hard this is."

Beshear was obviously enjoying watching golf's superstars at work in a major championship.

"I love this," he said. "When I can be between the ropes and follow these guys, I'm as close to heaven as I can get."

A happy birthday

Kenny Perry birdied the 18th hole on his 54th birthday Sunday for a 3-under 68 — his best round of the tournament — and finish 6-under.

"I've never heard 'Happy Birthday' sung so many times," he said. "Every hole. It was pretty special. I had huge galleries. Pretty neat way to go out."

Perry said he's ready for a long break.

"I'm taking eight weeks off after today, so I'm looking forward to two months of not doing anything."

Perry said he's passing the baton to J.B. Holmes to represent Kentucky on the PGA Tour.

"He's going to be the future of Kentucky golf, and we've got other guys coming up that are going to do really well, too.

"J.B. just needs to get healthy. He's got all the talent in the world. He's got the power, the touch, he can putt, he's got a good caddie and a good family.

"The sky's the limit for him."

Holmes didn't have a good Sunday. He struggled to a 7-over 78 and finished the week 3-over par.

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