US Ryder Cup star Kenny Perry has been getting the Noonan treatment from Caddyshack style "fans" at the FBR Open in Phoenix.
But that didn't stop the Kentucky born veteran, 48, from firing a brilliant eight-under par 63 at TPC Scottsdale to trail clubhouse leader Nick Watney by two shots on seven-under par at halfway.
The FBR Open is famed for its raucous atmosphere with 72,000 fans packing the course on day one.
And Perry revealed that he had to hear a fans scream NOONAN as he prepared to chip in the first round.
I just enjoy coming here. It's just a fun tournament. I had those kids today that were yelling at me about how ugly my sweater was that I had on today. So that's interesting. I had a guy yesterday yelling "Noonan" at me on a chip shot. I pushed it to the right on 17 up in the hill, up by the grandstands -- you know, you've just got to kind of bite your tongue, and hopefully you hit a good shot.
Q. Would you say that this is the only tournament where people are never afraid to say something to you?
KENNY PERRY: Definitely, definitely. Maybe the 17th at Warwick Hills is pretty rowdy, that par-3 there. But by far this is the one where they'll say -- they're out to try to make you choke, basically.
Q. But ultimately that doesn't bother you?
KENNY PERRY: Yeah, it does bother me. When you've never had that in the history of your career, and now all of a sudden one week you've got to -- I've been out here 23 years. I've got a lot of skeletons up in my head, and you just -- I've experienced all the shots. I shanked a pitching wedge the first hole this year at Kapalua right out of the gate, right out of bounds. You try to fight the demons and then you get them thrown at you.
Q. But at Kapalua there's nobody there to holler anything.
KENNY PERRY: No, they all just gasp (laughter).
Q. Is it good for you?
KENNY PERRY: You know, it'll either make you mentally stronger or it may affect you a little bit down the road. You never know. I've always felt like I could handle it, but there's been times I haven't been able to. It's a roller coaster out here. It's amazing how strong the mind is, and if you can sway your mind -- if you're in a certain rhythm and in a certain pattern and somebody can break that pattern of you, it puts you in a whole new, different sphere, different element out there to where all of a sudden now you're feeling something different that you hadn't been feeling, and it could actually hurt you or it could make you refocus even harder and get stronger.
Perry says he plans to play all four Majors this year after skipping last year's Open at Royal Birkdale to make sure of his place on the Ryder Cup team in his home state. But his plans may depend on the health of his parents, who are struggling with illness.
Q. I was just reading in the transcript from two weeks ago what you've been dealing with at home. Seems overwhelming to me, so I wonder where golf sort of fits in at a time like this.
KENNY PERRY: Well, I'm hoping the golf will help my dad. Obviously my mom has multiple myeloma cancer; she's struggling. My dad just had two stents put in his heart. He's been in and out of the hospital. He's lost over 40 pounds; he's been in bed now for over a month.
It was like he got to the Ryder Cup and he was trying to hard to get to the Ryder Cup, and just the strength to walk on that green, and then ever since then he has gone downhill.
If I can just somehow play well, keep my name -- he really loves watching me play golf, and he loves -- that pumps him up. If I can somehow get him through this winter -- I think he's really depressed. He's on antidepressants; they've got him on a lot of drugs. He probably takes 20 pills a day. I saw his little pillbox; it's nasty.
I've got to somehow get him to the summer to get him back to my golf course. He loves going to my golf course and just hanging out with all the people and talking and saying hi. He's my ambassador out there at Country Creek, the little course I own. But I don't know, I tell Sandy I'm really worried about him.
Then my mother-in-law, my wife's mom, fell at Wendy's and broke her kneecap and fractured two vertebrae in her back. So she's been in the hospital for over three months. And we just got our house handicapped-proof to where we can get her out of the hospital and now she's back home. We had three parents in the hospital, all in different hospitals. One was in Vanderbilt, one was in Franklin my town, and one was in Bowling Green, Kentucky, so we were doing a lot of hopping.
It's been a tough time, tough go for us. We just need to figure out some way to get us through this winter, and hopefully they're going to come out of this deal.
KENNY PERRY: I just need to play well for him. I've got to somehow stay up there, just where he'll get out of bed maybe and go sit down by the TV and watch TV and just get up. I always say if you lay in bed too long, you can get pneumonia, your kidneys start messing up. There's a lot of problems with him staying in bed for three months, four months now, whatever.
Q. Does the concentration required to shoot a 63 or to play competitive golf --
He hasn't even smoked a cigar. He hasn't had one cigar. He's smoked cigars his whole life. When I know he's not smoking cigars, I know something is up.