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Perry Snaps Drought Wins Buick Open

Kenny Perry broke a six-year winless drought by claiming the $558,000 top prize at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Perry held off a host of challengers Sunday to earn his fourth career PGA Tour title, and his first since the 1995 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
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Perry, who entered the final round at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club with a five-stroke lead shot a 3-under-par 69 to best Jim Furyk (66) and Chris DiMarco (65) by two shots. Perrys 25-under-par 263 total was one shot shy of the 72-hole tournament scoring record set by Robert Wrenn in 1987.
'I hadn't won in six years and this was a very key win for me, especially with a five-shot lead,' said Perry.
'I didn't think I was ever going to win again, to tell you the truth. It made me appreciate those three wins even more.'
All was not lost for Furyk and DiMarco, as both men collected valuable Ryder Cup points. With the upcoming PGA Championship marking the final event to earn Cup points, Furyk moved from 11th to 8th in the standings. DiMarco climbed from 16th to 11th, just 10 points behind Tom Lehman.
The top ten on the U.S. points list at the conclusion of the PGA Championship automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup.
U.S. Captain Curtis Strange will also add two players to the roster.
'Earning some points and getting a little bit more of a solid position for the Ryder Cup is definitely a good consolation,' said Furyk.
Said DiMarco: 'I'm not going to put any more pressure on myself, but I've been playing good. I just have to keep playing good.
'I'm probably going to have to earn it.'
Joe Durant was the odd man out, dropping from 10th in the standings to 12th.
But the big news early Sunday was made by Billy Mayfair.
Mayfair set the early pace; shooting an 11-under-par 61 that included a 9-under-par 27 on the back nine.
The 27 matched the lowest nine-hole score in tour history. The 9-under score set a tour record. Mike Souchak shot an 8-under 27 at the 1955 Texas Open and Andy North shot a 7-under 27 at the 1975 B.C. Open.
The 11-under-par total was also a tournament record.
Click here for Billy Mayfair's scorecard.
Mayfair finished in a tie for 14th.
Perrys biggest challenge came from a couple of groups in front of him. Perrys Sunday playing companion, Padraig Harrington, made an early run in the final round, but bogeyed Nos. 5-7 to fall out of contention.
Starting the day nine shots off the lead, Dudley Hart pulled to within a single shot by playing his first 15 holes in 9-under.
However, Harts run up the leaderboard hit a grease spot when he failed to get up and down from the greenside bunker at the par-3 17th. Hart eventually made bogey and shot 64 to finish tied for fourth with last weeks winner, Tom Pernice, Jr. (66).
DiMarco and Furyk each put some pressure on Perry down the stretch. In fact, Furyk got within one stroke by sinking a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th.
However, just moments later, Perry regained a two-shot advantage with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 16th. He then parred his way home to victory.
Perry, who turned 41 Friday, and 149 others will next travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the PGA Championship. Perry lost to Mark Brooks in a playoff at Valhalla in the 1996 PGA Championship.
Full-field scores from the Buick Open