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Continued: Kenny Perry rolls to victory at Senior Players for 1st major title

  • Article by: WILL GRAVES , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 2, 2013 - 1:13 AM

It was sweet vindication for a player who has won more than $31 million during his 31-year career, but is just as well known for his tragedies as he is for his triumphs.

Perry held a one-shot lead over Mark Brooks at the 1996 PGA Tournament at Valhalla just outside Louisville, about two hours north of his hometown of Franklin, Ky., only to bogey the final hole to fall into a playoff with Mark Brooks.

Brooks birdied the first extra hole for the victory.

The agony grew exponentially 13 years later, when he stood on the 17th tee at Augusta with a two-shot lead. Consecutive bogeys dropped Perry into a three-way tie with Angel Cabrera and Chad Campbell. He failed to get up and down on No. 10, the second playoff hole, and Cabrera made par to capture the green jacket.

Perry had another close call at the Senior PGA in May. He led through three rounds at Bellerive in St. Louis, but was dogged by knee pain and overtaken by unheralded Kohki Idoki.

This time, there would be no folding.

"It's not surprising, (Perry) is obviously a great player," Waldorf said. "Winning these majors isn't easy and he did a great job this week."

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