Q. Kenny, would you say missing the cut at Byron Nelson is the reason why, or was one of the impetus why you played well in as much time as you played, because it seems like every time you missed the cut you become a little more focused, more aggravated with yourself?
KENNY PERRY: Exactly. I have become aggravated with myself. It makes me more determined, makes me want to go out there and work harder at it. It does get me refocused, like you said. I have been able to be able to push that aside on the weekend, go out there and work on things that I need to work on and make me a better player and it works.
Q. Kenny, you said you gotten a lot of support this week. I know a couple of years ago, I think Craig Parry said somebody mistook him for Chris Perry and shouted a "go Bucks" at him, have you gotten any support like that?
KENNY PERRY: I did. That's a standard issue with me. "Jim, how is your dad doing?" "Go Bucks," that's just normal. Chris and I, we get a pretty big kick out of that. He hasn't been out on TOUR so much. J.L. Lewis and I they think we look alike. I have been called J.L. Lewis I don't know how many times. J.L. has been called me. That's kind of funny what we got running right now.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Can we go over your birdies today, birdie on No. 7.
KENNY PERRY: 7, I hit a driver in the right rough, a 5-iron to 100 yards from the hole and I hit it about 15 feet past and made the putt.
10, I hit a driver and a 9-iron probably 15 feet left of the hole and made that.
And then 15, I hit a driver and 2-iron in the right front bunker and blasted up 6 feet past and made that.
18, I hit a 2-iron and 5-iron on the back collar and a blazing sand wedge in the hole.
Q. You said you're a field player, how important was the changing of the putter last week?
KENNY PERRY: Well, it's be huge, the Rossa one, I won the Buick with the Rossa one. I pretty much made the most of my career on the Rossa one that Odyssey putter. I have been trying that new Monza from TaylorMade. It was a triangle putter, very similar to the old TC2's -- I call it a stealth putter which I won with here. They remade it and made it look a little more high tech. I was struggling a little bit. I putted good with it at first. I finished second with it at Bay Hill with that putter. I was putting with it for 8 straight weeks. At the Byron Nelson I missed everything. When I start doing that I will switch in a heartbeat. I went and got another one. That's not the one I used most of my career. But it felt pretty good, so I put it right in play. I 3-putted the first hole at Colonial. And I 3-putted the fourth hole. Then I'm thinking, oh, boy. I was able to escape and make a couple of good putts and shoot 2-under the first round, shoot 68. Second round I putted really good and the third round it went crazy. I finally got comfortable with it.
Q. How far at 18?
KENNY PERRY: That was probably about 18 feet.
Q. And you said you didn't get any lift on it at all?
KENNY PERRY: No, I putted it with a sand wedge. I was probably 6 inches into the thicker collar and I just kind of nudged it out of the thicker collar into the little collar. I knew if I had the ball turning over, once it got on the green it was going to go all the way to the hole.
Q. It was hopping out of the high stuff?
KENNY PERRY: Exactly.
Q. Being a guy under the radar, would you be happy with that forever?
KENNY PERRY: Yes, I don't have to be a superstar out here. That doesn't bother me at all. People that follow golf have known what I have done.
Q. Kenny, what is your take with the 40-year-old players? You guys are having success.
KENNY PERRY: Well a lot of it is conditioning, a lot of it is equipment. I got this new 5, 10 driver, deep face TaylorMade driver that goes forever. The X ball from Titleist that goes forever. I know I don't have the same club head speed back when I was 25. There is no way. But I'm able to hit it just as far, or maybe even further. I think that has been a big deal to all of us is equipment.
Q. What about experience factor?
KENNY PERRY: That's huge. You can't put a price on experience because you know playing 17 years out here I know where all of these pins have been. Except for 17, that's a new hole. You kind of understand how the golf course is going to play where they will split the flag sticks when they are in those positions you know where to hit the ball. I have had a lot of putts that are similar. I had this putt I don't know how many times. You get a good feel for the putt and, you know, I'm just not as uptight as I used to be. I'm very relaxed, going out there if I play good great. If I don't fine. Let's find out what's wrong and fix it.
Q. Back to the thing about slowing your swing down at Colonial what was wrong with your game at that point that you were trying to get out of it?
KENNY PERRY: I have been hitting a lot of golf balls long, coming off hot, and I would get ahead of it and de-loft the golf ball and almost like jumpers for some reason. I quit trying to hit it so hard. I slowed it down. By slowing everything down. I started hitting the ball higher and softer, and it started going my numbers. I have been complaining to Freddie my caddy, we are either long or short. I don't mind being right or left if it's pin high. It's the long or short that really upsets me.
Q. You were trying to hit it harder?
KENNY PERRY: Maybe. There is times in my swing where I feel I can go at it and swing hard at it and hit it a long ways. So I try to tone that down and it works. I thought myself a lesson right there.
Q. Kenny, you have been out here enough at least this tournament, would you be surprised if you are not in the lead at the end of the day with the way the conditions are getting?
KENNY PERRY: It's always possible that someone will catch me and pass me. But I don't think so. I think the golf course set up and it will be a tough test. They will have to play good golf. Charlie may go out there and shoot -- Charley may shoot 64 today. No one thought I would shoot 61 at Colonial but it happens. That's pretty neat. That's one thing about the guys out here. Expect the unexpected.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Thank you, Kenny, for joining us.
End of FastScripts....