Perry completes major triumph
Last updated: 1st July 2013
Kenny Perry claimed his maiden major title when he triumphed at the Senior Players Championship on Sunday.
The 52-year-old carded a six-under par round of 64 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh on Sunday to finish two strokes ahead of overnight leader Fred Couples.
Perry narrowly missed out on major triumphs more than once, after suffering a play-off loss in the 1996 PGA Championship and 2009 Masters, before capitulating at the Senior PGA Championship last month when he gave away a two-stroke lead going into the final round.
"I was trying to make birdies," said Perry, who didn't record a bogey in his last two rounds.
"I guess that was a different mindset from before where instead of trying to make pars, I was trying to make birdies."
Couples was in the lead for the majority of the final round until a three-putt on the 15th handed Perry the advantage, although he had an opportunity to force a play-off on the long par five 18th hole.
He reached the green in two shots, but was then unable to hold his 45-footer for eagle to finish tied for second with Duffy Waldorf on 17-under.
"I'm hoping the floodgates are going to open," Perry said after his round.
"But I don't know, anytime you get into contention you get nervous, you get antsy. But today I had a peace about me. ... If I can kind of draw upon this the next time I get into the heat of things, hopefully I'll finish it off like I did today."
Michael Allen and John Huston finished in a share for fourth at 12-under 268.
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