Perry rallies to win U.S. Senior OpenReuters
July 14. 2013 9:03PM
Kenny Perry fired a 63 to complete a record comeback victory in the U.S. Senior Open championship, winning by five strokes in Omaha, Neb,, for his second successive senior major title.
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.
The previous biggest comeback after 36 holes in a senior major was seven strokes.
“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.
“It all came together today.”
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.
Perry began the final round two shots behind Allen, but back-to-back birdies from the second hole set the tone for his brilliant finish.
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.
Lefty wins in Scotland
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.
But the four-time major winner three-putted from just off the green to hand Grace a reprieve.
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.
The win is a timely boost for Mickelson before the year’s third major championship, the British Open, which begins at Muirfield on Thursday.
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 18th hole stumble had mirrored the start of the day for Mickelson, who dropped three shots in the first three holes of his final round.
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.