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Perry continues to roll

MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013

Kenny Perry displays the 2013 U.S. Senior Open trophy. (Associated Press)
Kenny Perry displays the 2013 U.S. Senior Open trophy. (Associated Press)

Kenny Perry completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Perry shot a final-round 63 at the Omaha Country Club and won his second straight senior major by five strokes over Fred Funk. He set two tournament records over the last 36 holes – for the 64-63 finish and for the size of deficit he overcame.

The 52-year-old Kentuckian started Sunday two shots behind leader Michael Allen, but was in front to stay after he birdied the second and third holes and Allen bogeyed the third.

Perry’s 63 matched Allen’s Friday score for best round of the tournament and was the best ever in a U.S. Senior Open final round. He finished with a 13-under 267, tying the tournament record Hale Irwin set in 2000 at Saucon Valley in Pennsylvania.

Rocco Mediate used three straight birdies on the back nine to get within two shots of Perry. But Perry birdied Nos. 14 and 15, Mediate bogeyed 16, and Perry’s lead was five shots.

Perry made par over the last three holes to finish the biggest win of his career. He got a pat on the back from Allen as he walked off the 17th green. A wide smile crossed his face as he tapped in for par on 18. He dropped his putter, raised both arms and waved his visor to the gallery.

Funk was tied with Perry after the third round but couldn’t overcome, shooting a final-round 68.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett finished tied for ninth at 2-under.

Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to beat Branden Grace and win the Scottish Open in Inverness, Scotland, ending his 20-year wait for a victory in Europe.

After three-putting the 72nd hole to miss out on a win in regulation, Mickelson produced a superb pitch from 45 yards that landed within a foot of the 18th pin, leaving Grace a 25-footer to match him.

Mickelson and Grace shot 3-under 69s in the final round to finish at 17-under 271 and overtake overnight leader Henrik Stenson.

PGA Tour

Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.

Spieth hit a two-foot par putt to earn a spot in next week’s British Open.

Spieth forced his way into the playoff by holing out of the bunker from 44 feet on the final hole of regulation.

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Steven Alker of New Zealand made par on the first playoff hole to defeat Australian Ashley Hall and win the 15th annual Utah Championship in Sandy, Utah. Hall could only manage bogey after hitting his tee shot into the water on the par-3 18th.

Will Wilcox began the day tied for 38th, 10 shots behind the lead but shot a final round 59 to finished tied for third at 21-under.

Spokane’s Alex Prugh shot a 68 to finish tied for 12th at 18-under. Moscow’s Chris Williams was tied for 39th at 12-under.

LPGA Tour

South Korea’s Hee Young Park beat American Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.

Park reached the green on the par-5, 471-yard deciding hole in two shots and two-putted for her second career LPGA victory. Stanford needed three shots to get on the back fringe and her birdie putt ended up a few feet short.



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