Man on Fire Perry Torches Colonial

By Sports NetworkMay 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
FT. WORTH, Texas -- Kenny Perry closed with a 1-under 69 Sunday and that was good enough for a seven-stroke win at the Bank of America Colonial. Perry completed the event at 19-under-par 261.
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Despite a late stumble, Kenny Perry tied his own Colonial scoring record.
Perry, who won this crown in 2003 by six shots, became the fourth multiple winner this season. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh each have won three times this season.
'I just wanted to win again. I wanted to get my name on the wall,' said Perry of getting his name on the wall of champions. 'It was a fun round of golf. I played smart, and played to the middle of the green, and hit my driver beautifully, and kept hitting the fairways. I kept looking at the board and I knew it was to my advantage.'
Billy Mayfair also shot 69 for his best finish since a tie for third at the 2001 British Open. He took second place by himself at 12-under-par 268. David Toms, Peter Lonard and Joe Durant were one stroke further back at minus-11.
Perry got up and down for birdie on the first at Colonial Country Club to move to 19 under and a seven-stoke lead. He parred his next three holes.
The 44-year-old birdied the par-4 fifth from 12 feet, his first birdie this week on No. 5. Perry then cruised around the turn with five consecutive pars.
'I knew if I could play that first hole well, I knew I would be okay,' said Perry. 'I hit a beautiful drive on the first hole and I hit a 6-iron, and hit it too far. I chipped it close and made a nice birdie to start my round. That settled me down and I was able to shoot a 2-under, which is a nice front nine.'
Perry, who claimed his ninth PGA Tour win, two-putted for birdie on the par-5 11th for the fourth time in four rounds. He then parred his next five holes.
Perry, who was on a streak of 53 consecutive holes without a bogey, faltered to a double bogey on the 17th to drop back to 19 under. He parred the last to tie the tournament scoring record of 261 that he set in 2003.
'I'm so in love with this place. I played hard for the men in the plaid jackets,' said Perry, who claimed $1,008,000 with the win. 'They have really gone hand over foot to just really support me here. I was hoping to shoot 21 under, but just came up short. To win by seven, I'm ecstatic. It was a great week.'
Mayfair, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, got off to a good start with birdies on the first and fifth to get to 13 under.
The 38-year-old stumbled to bogeys on the seventh and ninth, however, to slide back to 11 under. Mayfair got one stroke back with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 11th. He then parred out to finish at 12 under.
'Well this was a big weekend for me,' Mayfair said. 'I played good on Friday, and got myself back in contention again. And to go out and play real good Saturday, it was huge. I only shot 1 under today. I gave myself a lot of birdie chances, but I couldn't get enough putts in the hole. I am proud of the way I played on the weekend. I have been struggling on the weekend all year.'
Tim Petrovic matched the best round of the day with his 6-under 64 on Sunday. That was good enough to move him into a tie for sixth place at 10-under-par 270. He was joined there by Rory Sabbatini, Scott Hend, Bernhard Langer, Aaron Baddeley, Brandt Jobe and Rod Pampling.
Ted Purdy, who won the EDS Byron Nelson Championship last week, was one stroke further back at minus-9.
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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

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    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014. 

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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."