KENNY PERRY has won his maiden US Champions Tour title with a one stroke victory at the 2011 SAS Championship at the Prestonwood Country Club in North Carolina.
The 51 year old fired a two under 70 to defeat joint runners-up Jeff Sluman and John Huston.
Australia’s Peter Senior had one of his worst results of the year, opening with a fine 67 in the first round but fading with 73 then 78 to finish tied for 37th. Senior remains sixth on the money list.
Perry, who has 14 US PGA Tour wins under his belt, has now been competing on the Champions Tour for two years and has cracked a win at his 11th attempt.
Perry almost pulled out of the event after hearing of the death of his 59 year old sister Kay after a long battle with breast cancer.
“When I heard the news last night, it was a long night,” Perry said. “I didn’t sleep a lot, thought about just getting on a plane and heading home. But Dad was great. He called me, he said, ‘Son, you just need to go out there and represent Kay today.'”
He did, highlighting his round with a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th.
“I was very calm all day. I had no nerves,” he said. “Normally, I’m a little jumpy, a little jittery, tense. Today, I was just – I felt like I was on a low. I was really down. I was kind of depressed, and my swing was in rhythm. It wasn’t fast, and I had great control of the golf ball.”
Defending Champion Russ Cochran closed with a 71 to finish fourth at 8 under, a stroke ahead of Fred Couples (70).
Tom Lehman (72) tied for 12th at 4 under, maintaining his lead in Charles Schwab Cup points race. Mark Calcavecchia (68, T10) is second and Senior remains in third spot.
The Champions Tour moves on to the 2011 Insperity Championship at The Woodlands Golf Club in Texas this week where Fred Couples is the defending champion.2011 SAS Championship Final Results