For Kenny Perry, it was quite a party.
When he arrived at Valhalla Golf Club, there was a banner laid out on a table in the clubhouse for everyone to sign.
''HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KP,'' it said.
Then Perry, who turned 54 on Sunday, shot his best round of the week, a 3-under-par 68 that left him a respectable 10 shots behind winner Rory McIlroy in a tie for 27th place.
''I've never heard `Happy Birthday' sung so many times,'' said Perry, a native Kentuckian and big crowd favorite all week. ''Every hole. Poor Luke (Donald, his playing partner) was like, `Did you tweet out that it was your birthday today or how did everybody know?' It was funny. It was pretty special. I had huge galleries. A pretty neat way to go out.''
Perry, who lost the PGA Championship in a playoff the first time it was held at Valhalla in 1996, received a special invitation into the tournament from the PGA of America.
That was only appropriate, given his long ties to the club. In addition to his bitter defeat, he expe...