Perry Picks Up The Trifecta

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 13, 2003, 4:00 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kenny Perry isn't about to analyze the hottest streak of his career.
'I don't know why all of a sudden I'm winning golf tournaments,' Perry said after his victory Sunday at the Greater Milwaukee Open, his third win in four starts. 'It's just my time, and I believe in my heart I'm going to win.'
Perry sank a three-foot birdie putt for a one-stroke victory over Steve Allan and Heath Slocum at the GMO.
He won the Colonial and Memorial tournaments and finished third at the U.S. Open before taking three weeks off leading up to the GMO at Brown Deer Park, where he shot a 4-under-par 66 Sunday for a 12-under 268 total.
Brett Quigley finished in fourth, two strokes back.
Allan, Slocum and Quigley all were vying for their first PGA Tour victory.
'I had nothing to lose and those guys are fighting to win their first,' said Perry, a seven-time winner on tour who surpassed $13 million in career winnings.
Perry had to rally after his one-shot lead over Allan turned into a three-stroke deficit over a 16-minute span, thanks to a bogey on the 12th hole and a double-bogey on No. 13.
Over the final four holes, Perry, who began the day with a one-stroke lead over six golfers, including Allan, had three birdies and a par and Allan shot three pars and a bogey.
Allan was on the practice range hoping for a playoff when he watched on a big screen as Perry hit his iron shot into thick rough 20 feet past the hole on 18 and then chipped to within three feet of the hole.
'When I saw the chip, I pretty much expected him to make it,' Allan said. 'He's a good putter.'
Slocum, who had already birdied 18, also knew there would be no playoff.
'He'd been putting well all day,' Slocum said. 'I expected him to make it.'
Perry felt great about his chances.
'I blasted out of that stuff and I had a 3-footer straight uphill to win,' he said. 'What kind of putt would you like to win the golf tournament but straight in under the hole uphill?'
Perry birdied No. 17 after seeing that Allan had bogeyed the hole.
'I said, 'Oh my goodness, if I birdie the last two holes, I can win the golf tournament,'' said Perry, who sank a 22-footer on 17.
Perry's first-place check of $630,000 gives him $3,522,538 for the year, the first time he's passed the $3 million mark.
Allan, who had made just one cut and won just $8,240 this year, and Slocum each got $308,000.
Perry had finished in the top five the last three years at the GMO.
'I always thought I could win here. I really did,' he said. 'I just play so well here year after year after year. I felt like it was going to be my time. I really enjoy this golf course.'
Even though it has more teeth than ever.
Since the GMO moved to Brown Deer Park in 1994, the winning score had ranged from 15 to 24 under par.
One reason for the higher scores is the fourth hole was changed from a par-5 to a par-4 with the removal of a large oak tree, although it's still 485 yards to the hole.
Perry parred the hole all four days.
Weekend conditions were ideal for scoring after wind and rains hampered play the first two days, but the notoriously thick rough was higher than normal, putting the U.S. Open to shame and the pin placement was very difficult.
Last year's winner, Jeff Sluman, won at 23 under when the course played to a par-71.
The tour implemented tougher pin placement and higher rough starting with the Sony Open, the first full-field event of the season. Those changes proved most pronounced at the 6,759-yard Brown Deer Park course, one of the shortest on the PGA Tour.
'There has been a conscious effort to make things a little bit more difficult,' PGA Tour rules official Dillard Pruitt said. 'We started setting some pins just three steps from some edges on certain holes.
'We feel like the athletes and the equipment are making golf courses obsolete. They're making what once were unreachable par 5s in two.'
Tournament director Dan Croak said the rough was supposed to be 5 1/2 inches but grew taller because mowers couldn't get in with all the rain last week. ... Perry is the seventh player to surpass $3 million in winnings this season. Last year, only four players did so. ... Mike Heinen shot a 62, one shy of the course record.
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.