KENNY PERRY scrambled home with a birdie on the last to beat a fast-finishing Bernhard Langer by a stroke at the 2014 3M Championship on the weekend.
The 53-year-old American golfer closed with a 7-under 65 for his second US Champions Tour victory of the year and his seventh overall.
Perry finished at 23-under at the TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota and was feeling confident ahead of his appearance at the US PGA Championship in his home state of Kentucky this week.
“This was a warmup week for me to work on my short game,” Perry said. “From 100 yards and in this week I was better than I ever can remember in my career. I was hitting it around the pin and I was converting. I was making putts.”
Perry has lots of history at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, venue for the 2014 PGA Championship. He lost a playoff to Mark Brooks in the 1996 PGA at Valhalla, and helped the United States win the 2008 Ryder Cup at the course.
Langer, the British Senior Open Championship winner last week by a tour-record 13 shots, shot a final round 63. He overcame a four-shot deficit on the back nine and was tied with Perry going to the par-5 18th.
“My goal today was to shoot 8 under thinking 21 under should have a chance to win. I shot 9 under, outdid myself, and still didn’t win,” he said. “What Kenny did this week is pretty exceptional.”
Perry put his final approach shot on the 18th into the grandstand and after a drop chipped to about 15 feet and made the putt.
One group behind, Perry hit his second shot into the grandstand behind the green. After a drop, he pitched to about 15 feet and made the putt.
“It was an easy putt for me,” he said. “I don’t always make them, but I feel like I should make them and I knocked it right in the middle.”
Jeff Maggert (65), Gene Sauers (65) and Marco Dawson (67) tied for third at 20 under.
Senior and Elkington top 10
The Aussie duo of Peter Senior (66) and Steve Elkington (67) will be reasonably happy with their form, finishing on 14-under tied for ninth along with four others, including 69 year old Hale Irwin who bettered his age for the third straight day with a 68.3M Championship Leaderboard