Man on Fire Perry Torches Colonial


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.
Kenny Perry
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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