Perry wins Travelers

Shoots 63 to finish with a tournament-record 258 total

The Associated PressJune 29, 2009 

Kenny Perry shot 63 Sunday to finish with a tournament-record 258 and win the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., by three strokes over Paul Goydos and David Toms.

The 48-year old Perry, who led after each of the first two rounds, trailed by a stroke to Paul Goydos heading into Sunday.

But he shot 32 on the front nine and was up by five strokes heading to the par-4 15th.

Goydos 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. His bogey-bogey finish at Augusta kept him from winning the Masters in April.

Perry takes home just over $1 million with the victory, and has now won five times in just over a year, the most of any player on tour. He has 12 top-10 finishes over that span while making every cut. His 258 is tied for fourth-best 72-hole score in Tour history. It beats the old tournament record of 259 set by Tim Norris is 1982.

The win also moves Perry to the front of the FedEx Cup standings. It was his 14th career victory, and he said he's hoping to get 20 wins before he retires.

Also Sunday

Wegmans LPGA: Jiyai Shin picked up her fifth title in 11 months with a seven-stroke victory in Rochester, N.Y.

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. One behind were rookie Stacy Lewis, Mika Miyazato and Haeji Kang.

Shin carried a four-stroke lead into the final round at the tricky Locust Hill course in suburban Rochester. She never looked in danger of being caught, even when she picked up two straight bogeys near the close as an afternoon downpour produced a flurry of errors.

She earned $300,000, vaulting her to the top of the money list with $1 million.

Dicks Sporting Goods Open: Lonnie Nielsen shot a 9-under to beat Fred Funk and Ronnie Black by three shots in Endicott, N.Y., for his first Champions Tour victory of the year and second of his career.

Nielsen, who turns 56 on Monday, finished at 21-under 195, a record for the tournament. That was three shots better than the mark set by 2008 winner Eduardo Romero.

Funk (69) entered the final round with a three-shot lead over Nielsen, Romero (73), and Black (66). It was the first time in four tries that Funk failed to win when leading entering the final round. Romero finished 11 shots behind.

BMW International Open: Nick Dougherty shot a final-round 64 in Munich to win by one stroke and claim the third European Tour victory of his career.

The Englishman finished at 22-under 266, holding off Rafa Echenique by one stroke after the Argentine produced an albatross -- a two on a par-5 -- on the 18th hole to complete his 10-under 62.

Third-round leader Retief Goosen of South Africa finished third, four strokes behind Dougherty, after a final-round 71 at the Golfclub Munchen Eichenried.

Players Cup: Tom Gillis broke from the pack early in the final round in Bridgeport, W.Va., and went on to fire a 2-under-par 70 and post a 15-under 273 to earn his first Nationwide Tour win.

Gillis, who held a one-shot lead to begin the day, stretched his lead to five shots midway through the round at the Pete Dye Golf Club, saw it drop to two following a double-bogey and then steadied himself down the stretch with four closing pars to win by three strokes over Cameron Percy (68) and Roger Tambellini (68).

Gillis posted a 15-under 273 total and collected $108,000.

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