Perry Cruises On
NAPLES, FLORIDA | Kenny Perry has more
to celebrate this time. Perry ran away and hid
from the field on Sunday at the ACE Group
Classic to win his second Champions Tour event
of his short career.
Perry’s first Champions Tour victory was at
last year’s SAS Championship, near Raleigh,
N.C. But the win was tinged with sadness
because of the death of his sister during the
In the triumph, Perry set a new Champions
Tour scoring record for low 36 holes, posting
64-62 – 126 during the first two rounds. And he
added a 70 in the final round for a 54-hole total
of 196, 20-under par at the Talon Course at
TwinEagles Golf Club.
Perry won by five shots over Bernhard
Langer on a windy Sunday in southwest Florida,
where breezes climbed upwards of 25 mph.
Langer was second alone at 15-under 201,
shooting 70 in the final round.
round, but the wind finally took its toll coming home on Sunday and Mize could only limp
home with 75 and a seventh-place finish at
Perry took a three-shot lead over Mize going into the final round thanks to a Saturday
second round that featured 11 birdies and a
bogey for a l0-under 62. Perry was 8 under for
the day, having birdied three in a row when he
three-putted the par- 4 15th hole and his lead
was down to two shots. But he made consecutive birdies on the final three holes to break the
Champions Tour 36-hole scoring record.
Langer, who won this event last year,
started with 66-65 in the first two rounds and
played steady golf on Sunday when the breezes
were taking their toll on the leaders.
Bill Glasson turned in the best Champions Tour finish of his career by posting one of
Sunday’s best rounds, a 4-under 68. Glasson
finished at 14-under 202, tied with Lehman
and Mike Goodes. Lehman started Sunday four
shots behind Perry but could only manage 72 in
the final round. Goodes shot 69 on Sunday.
Mize birdied two of the final three holes on
Saturday to keep Perry within his sights. Mize
took the first-round lead by two shots over
Perry and Tom Lehman with a 10-birdie 62 of
his own. Mize shot a 5-under 67 in the second
Jay Haas was sixth at 13 under, one shot
ahead of Mize in sixth and David Frost was one
back of Mize at 11-under 205.
BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA | Skip Kendall wasn’t very
happy with the wedge he hit into the 18th green
in the final round of the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship Sunday – and the 25-foot
birdie putt he left himself to a back-right pin as
After all, he was locked in a three-way tie
for the lead at the Nationwide Tour’s season-opening event at the nearly 100-year-old
Country Club of Bogotá in this South American
nation’s capital and wanted to get one close.
But he felt better about his chances when
he walked onto the green, even after co-leader
Andrew Svoboda had stuck his approach about
six feet from the hole.
“It was one of those putts I felt I could get
a good line on,” the 47-year-old Kendall said.
“And all I had to do after that was put a
good stroke on it.”
Which he did, playing his optic
yellow ball to break about a foot
left-to-right. It dropped straight into
the hole for birdie, earning Kendall
an exuberant bear hug from
his local caddie Donaldo
Davila – and then the
his putt on the
“To do what
I did here today
makes me really happy,” Kendall
added. “I had thumb
surgery last year
and didn’t play very
much. So, I am really
pleased to open the season this way.”
Kendall played well all week on this leafy
and occasionally damp Bogotá track, which
measured just a hair over 7,200 yards and
where tight, tree-lined fairways and testy, el-
evated greens put a premium on shot-making.
Kendall kicked the week off with a 1-under-
par 70 and followed that with rounds of 67
and 66, respectively, posting seven birdies on
Saturday to go into the final tied for the lead
“I really like this course,” said Kendall, who
has now won four times on the Nationwide Tour
and earned more than $9 million in a career
that has included nearly 600 starts on both
the PGA and Nationwide circuits. “It fits my
eye well and reminds me of the old-fashioned,
He did, and the result
was an even-par 71 that
was just good enough to win.
Skip Kendall gets a hug from
local caddie Donaldo Davila.