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Kenny Perry Wins Travelers

Kenny Perry has set a goal of winning 20
times before he leaves the PGA Tour.
The 48-year-old earned No. 14 on Sunday at the Travelers
Championship, shooting a 63 to finish with a tournament-record 258,
three strokes better than Paul Goydos and David Toms, two other
40-something golfers.
This was Perry's 11th victory since his 40th birthday.
"Six more wins is a lot of wins," he said. "I've won three
last year, two this year already. Who knows? If I can get hot
again, get on one of those streaks and sneak in two more by the end
of the year, it might be very realistic."
The 48-year old Perry, whose bogey-bogey finish at Augusta kept
him from winning the Masters in April, tied a course record with a
61 Thursday and led after each of the first two rounds here. But,
he trailed by a stroke to Goydos heading into the final round.
He responded by shooting a 32 on the front nine and was up by
five strokes heading to the par-4 15th.
Goydos, 45, made a 20-foot eagle putt from the fringe on 15 and
birdied 16. But he missed his birdie putt on 17 to the right.
Perry birdied 15, and put the tournament away by making birdie
on 17 after hitting a 164-yard approach to within 8 feet.
"Everyone kind of asks about the Augusta hangover deal," he
said. "I guess I kind of shoved that aside a little bit. So that
makes me feel pretty good."
Perry acknowledged he was thinking about the Masters as he
played the back nine, and told himself to play aggressive.
"I knew that I had to keep making birdies," he said. "I
wasn't going to let up. I wasn't going to play defensive golf. I
learned something from that mistake."
Goydos said he felt he needed to shoot a 63 to win the
tournament, but didn't start playing well until the 15th hole.
"I don't want to run and hide from that," he said. "He played
like a guy who's won 14 times. I played more like a guy who's won
twice, especially early in the round."
Goydos made a 40-foot putt on the seventh hole, but gave two
shots back when he bogeyed the par-3 eighth. Perry hit his tee shot
to within 3 feet of the pin, and made birdie.
He went four strokes up by sinking a 16-foot birdie on the 10th,
while Goydos had another bogey.
Perry takes home just over $1 million with the victory, and has
now won five times in just over a year, the most of any player on
tour. He has 12 top-10 finishes over that span while making every
cut. His 258 is tied for fourth-best 72-hole score in Tour history.
It beats the old tournament record of 259 set by Tim Norris is
1982.
The win also moves Perry to the front of the FedEx Cup
standings.
Toms, 42, shot his third 65 of the tournament to finish tied
with Goydos at 19-under par. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on 17,
after making birdies at 15 and 16 to put himself into contention.
"I didn't get off to the kind of start that I felt like needed
to put pressure on the guys that were ahead of me," Toms said. "I
really felt like I needed to get under par pretty quickly to at
least give them something to think about and ultimately just got
too far behind on the back nine."
Ben Curtis, Ryan Moore and Hunter Mahan all finished two strokes
behind Goydos and Toms to tie for fourth at 17-under.
"You'd probably think that anywhere from 15 to 20-under would
probably win it. I watched the scoreboard a little bit. You got to
kind of focus on what everybody's doing, to see what kind of shots
you have to hit."
Scott Verplank shot a round-best 62 Sunday, one off the course
record that he shares, and finished tied for ninth place at
15-under par.
"I knew I'd shot 61 here a few years ago, so obviously you
know, I can get it going on this golf course," he said.


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