Kenny Perry: Golf World Looks at Champions Tour as “Freak Show”

February 19, 2016

Does the Champions Tour get enough love?

Kenny Perry doesn’t think so. In an interview with Golfweek‘s Adam Schupak, the three-time senior major championship winner said the golf world has marginalized its senior stars.

“I don’t think anything on the Champions Tour means anything to anybody, to tell you the truth,” Perry said. “The media, golf fans, they look at us as a freak show. We don’t get any publicity. None of our tournaments mean anything. I think it is sad because the golf out here is tremendous.”

Fellow senior tour star Hale Irwin echoed Perry’s thoughts in less colorful terms.

“I think the world sometimes forgets that the guys on the Champions Tour can play,” he said.

The senior tour showcasing golfers 50 and over made its debut in 1980, featuring golfing legends like Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, but the next generation of stars has struggled to draw as much attention from casual golf fans and media.

The tour will get some much-needed star power in May when a 50-year-old John Daly is expected to join the circuit.