Perry rallies to win U.S. Senior Open
Perry, who two weeks ago won the Senior Players Championship, was 10 behind pace-setter Michael Allen at the halfway mark but romped to victory by shooting a 64 in the third round and finishing with a seven-under round at Omaha Country Club.
“That was by far probably the greatest round of golf I ever played,” Perry, a 14-time winner on the PGA Tour, said in a TV interview after his round.
Finishing second was fellow American Fred Funk, who shot a final-round 68 for eight-under-par 272.
Another stroke back were Rocco Mediate (66) and Corey Pavin (67) on 273, with Allen another shot behind after registering a two-over 72 on Sunday.
After a bogey at the fifth, Perry made four birdies in a row to make the turn at five-under 30, needing only 10 putts as he took command of the championship.
Phil Mickelson overcame a surprising loss of focus on the 72nd hole and beat Branden Grace in a playoff and claim a maiden win at the Scottish Open at Inverness on Sunday.
Mickelson, 43, had looked certain to claim victory without the need for extra holes as he strolled up the par-five 18th with a one-shot lead.
Mickelson, however, immediately put the disappointment behind him to birdie the first extra hole following a sensational chip from the front of the green that rolled to within a couple of feet and required a simple tap in.
Mickelson has tended to struggle on links courses this side of the Atlantic and when asked whether his preparation for this year’s British Open could have been any better, he replied: “No”.
The American, however, steadied with a string of birdies as he carded a final round three-under par 69 to give him a 17-under total of 271.