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Perry surges past Goydos to win Travelers

Kenny Perry tees off on the ninth hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC at River Highlands golf course in C...

Kenny Perry tees off on the ninth hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC at River Highlands golf course in C...

American Kenny Perry won the Travelers Championship in record fashion Sunday, rallying against a strong field to collect his 14th career PGA victory.
Perry, who has won 11 titles since turning 40, cruised to a seven-under 63 in the fourth round to win the US$6 million event by three strokes.
It was also his first win since losing at Augusta in a playoff to Angel Cabrera.
"Everyone kind of asks about the Augusta hangover," said Perry who had a bogey-bogey finish at the Masters. "I guess I kind of shoved that aside a little bit. So that makes me feel pretty good."
The 48-year-old vaulted past countryman Paul Goydos in the final round to finish with a tournament record 22-under 258 total at the River Highlands course.
Notah Begay held the previous record of 260 which he set in 2000.
Third-round leader Goydos (67) shared second place with David Toms (65) at 19-under 261.
Perry hopes this is a sign of bigger and better things ahead for him in 2009.
"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."
Perry tied the course record on Thursday by shooting a 61 and led after the first two rounds. Perry said there was no way he was going to repeat his Masters meltdown.
"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 missed a key birdie putt on the 17th hole as it rolled right of the 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."
Toms fired his third 65 of the event to finish at 19-under in a tie with Goydos. Hunter Mahan, Ben Curtis and Ryan Moore finished two strokes adrift of Goydos and Toms to tie for fourth.


Updated : 2021-07-25 08:53 GMT+08:00