Perry cards 63 to win Travelers title
CROMWELL, Conn. - There was no Masters-style meltdown Sunday for Kenny Perry. Perry shot 63 to finish with a tournament-record 258 and win the Travelers Championship by three strokes over Paul Goydos and David Toms, two other golfers in their 40s. Perry, 48, whose bogey-bogey finish at Augusta kept him from winning the Masters in April, tied a course record with a 61 Thursday and led after each of the first two rounds here. But, he trailed by a stroke to Goydos heading into the final round. He responded by shooting a 32 on the front nine and was up by five strokes heading to the par-4 15th.Goydos, 45, made a 20-foot eagle putt from the fringe on 15 and birdied 16. But he missed his birdie putt on 17 to the right. Perry birdied 15, and put the tournament away by making birdie on 17 after hitting a 164-yard approach to within 8 feet. "Everyone kind of asks about the Augusta hangover deal," he said. "I guess I kind of shoved that aside a little bit. So that makes me feel pretty good." Perry takes home just over $1 million with the victory and has won five times in a little more than a year. LPGA: Jiyai Shin picked up her fifth title in 11 months with a seven-stroke victory at the Wegmans LPGA. The 21-year-old South Korean shot a 1-under 71 to finish at 17-under 271. Kristy McPherson and Yani Tseng each shot a 66, the day's best score, to surge into a second-place tie at 10 under. CHAMPIONS: Lonnie Nielsen shot a 9-under 63 to beat Fred Funk and Ronnie Black by three shots to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, his first Champions Tour victory of the year and second of his career. Nielsen, who turns 56 today, finished at 21-under 195, a record for the tournament. That was three shots better than the mark set by 2008 winner Eduardo Romero. PGA EUROPEAN: Nick Dougherty shot a final-round 64 to win the BMW International Open by one stroke, although he was nearly upstaged by one of golf's rarest shots. The 27-year-old Englishman finished at 22-under 266, and wound up holding off Rafa Echenique after the Argentine produced an albatross - a two on a par-5 - on the 18th hole to complete his 10-under 62. Echenique, ranked 157th in Europe this year and struggling to win enough money to keep his tour card, holed a 3-iron from 243 yards out for a double-eagle that took him to 21 under.
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