Kite Resting Up After Win

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Champions TourAfter his first win in nearly two years, Tom Kite is planning to relax a bit before the Champions Tour's final major in two weeks.
 
After breaking through last week at the 3M Championship for his first win on the Champions Tour since October 2002, Kite will take some time off before the JELD-WEN Tradition, which starts on Aug. 28.
 
Tom KiteKite came close to ending his slump at the last two majors. After falling only one stroke short at the Senior British Open, Kite was even closer to winning the U.S. Senior Open. He led by two strokes entering the final round and lost only after playing the last four holes at four over par.
 
'I knew I was playing well. I knew that if you keep playing well, sooner or later it was going to manifest into some wins,' Kite said.
 
He also finished tied for seventh at the Senior Players Championship and tied for second at the Bank of America in June.
 
'It was frustrating to be playing that well and not have it equate to some wins,' he said.
 
'There were a couple of them that I had taken away from me through guys' good play and there were a couple of them that I threw away myself with some poor play down the stretch,' Kite said. 'During that whole time, you've got to keep doing the good things that you're doing.
 
'I was getting in the hunt and I was playing well enough to put myself in position to win. If I kept doing that, it was going to equate to some victories. Now that I got that one, I've got some confidence.'
 
Kite said his winless streak came down to the fine line between whether competitors' putts were falling in or lipping out.
 
'A lot of times, it gets down to a little bit of luck,' Kite said. 'Certainly the more opportunities you have to win a golf tournament, the better opportunities you have to get a good bounce or two.'
 
Kite hasn't played since Sunday, and besides a chipping and putting demonstration and a nine-hole exhibition Thursday, he didn't plan to pick up a club again until the middle of next week.
 
'I've been running pretty hard lately,' Kite said. 'I've played a full schedule with a lot of busy tournaments and contended. Once you get in the hunt, that takes a lot out of you.'
 
With the win at the 3M, Kite moved from sixth to fourth on the Champions Tour money list and cut his deficit behind leader Hale Irwin from $485,000 to $250,000.
 
'I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year,' Kite said. 'I think you could see a couple more wins before it's all said and done.'
 
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