48-year-old Kenny Perry managed to see off the challenge of two other 40-year-olds in the form of David Toms and Paul Goydos by three shots to claim the 14th victory of his career at the Travelers Championship.
Perry was pushed all the way and needed to shoot a magnificent 63 to claim as comfortable a victory. He went into the final round trailing Goydos by a single shot, but Goydos was only able to shoot a 67 in the final round.
Perry had hit a course record 61 on Thursday and also led after Friday, but it was his final round which included seven birdies and no bogies that was to be the decisive. Having hit 32 on the front nine Perry was 5 clear by the time he reached the par-4 15th.
Goydos eagled the 15th and birdied the 16th to cut the lead, but crucialy missed a birdie putt on 17th, while Perry holed his to put the tournament away.
Perry whose bogey, bogey finish at the Masters cost him that Major title said
“Everyone kind of asks about the Augusta hangover deal, 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.
“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.”
Perry 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 and has made every cut. His 258 tied the fourth-best 72-hole score in Tour history. It beats the old tournament record of 259 set by Tim Norris in 1982.
It was his 14th career victory, and he said he’s hoping to get 20 wins before he retires. “It’s a pretty unrealistic goal,” he said. I just kind of threw that number out there to see everyone’s eyes roll into the back of their heads.”