Kenny Perry Takes The Travelers

by Jeff Skinner

 A strange thing happened today at the Travelers Championship.  The sun shone brightly and there was not a drop of rain.  The temperature wasn’t the only thing that was hot. Kenny Perry started hot when he birdied the second hole to tie Paul Goydos for the lead at sixteen under.  On the third hole Goydos hit a tree with his tee shot and his ball bounded back into the rough short of the fairway.  It was a drive of 164 yards and he still had 260 yards to the hole. He scrambled for an amazing par save, but he could tell it was not going to be his day.  At the sixth hole Perry’s approach caught the greenside bunker but after a brilliant sand shot he sunk a seven foot birdie putt to take the lead.  Paul Goydos and the rest of the field were left staring at Perry’s back the rest of the day.  With birdies on three of the next four holes he went to twenty under and in the lead to stay.  Goydos made a valiant attempt at a comeback going four under par over the last four holes (an eagle and two birds) but Perry was up to the charge and went two under over the same four holes.  When he sank his par putt on eighteen he threw up his hands in triumphant exaltation.  This was his first win in twenty one tries at The Travelers and his fourteenth career win.  He called the win unbelievable and says he is up to the task of reaching his goal of twenty tournament wins.  The way he is playing now, you can hardly doubt him.


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