Perry downs Langer in AT&T playoff|
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenny Perry rolled in a 9-foot birdie
putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Bernhard Langer and win the
Perry and Langer both closed with 5-under 67s after being among five co-
leaders entering the final round. They ended at 13-under-par 203
The pair returned to the 18th hole and both found the fairway off the tee.
Langer missed the green right with his approach and chipped to about eight
Perry dropped his second shot nine feet from the hole, on nearly the same line
as his par putt on the 18th green in regulation. The two-time major winner
this year poured in the birdie effort to beat Langer and earn his third title
of the season.
"It was deja vu. I had almost the identical putt I had in regulation. They
were on identical lines, I knew they were both right edge putts and all I had
to do was put the right speed on it," Perry said of his two putts on 18 in
regulation, then in the playoff.
"You know, my hands weren't nervous. I wasn't nervous. I was just very
fortunate to beat Bernhard. I always see him working hard, and that makes me
Colin Montgomerie, who along with Anders Forsbrand and Mike Goodes shared the
second-round lead with Perry and Langer, birdied five of the first six holes.
However, the Scotsman mixed four bogeys and two birdies over the final nine
holes for a 3-under 69. That left him tied for third with Kirk Triplett (68)
and Fred Funk (67) at minus-11.
Forsbrand managed a 1-under 71 to slip into a share of sixth at 9-under 207.
He was joined there by Russ Cochran (69) and John Riegger (67).
Goodes struggled to a 3-over 75 on the AT&T Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio
and finished in a tie for 18th a minus-5.
Early on, Scott Dunlap birdied the second to become the sixth co-leader.
Montgomerie broke through that log jam with birdies on the first four holes, a
run which he capped with an 8-footer on No. 4.
That spurt gave Montgomerie the lead at 12-under, where he was two clear of
Langer, who birdied the second and fourth. The duo matched birdies on the
sixth as well.
Perry, who was in the penultimate group, traded a birdie for a bogey from the
third. He then birdied the fifth and seventh to get within three of
Montgomerie at minus-10.
Langer and Perry exchanged spots on the leaderboard as the German bogeyed the
ninth after the American birdied the same hole. Montgomerie's lead dipped to
one over Perry as he bogeyed the 10th after his drive landed in a fairway
Perry knocked in a short birdie effort at the 11th to join Montgomerie at 12-
under. Perry made it two in a row as he poured in a 20-footer on the 13th to
grab the lead at 13-under.
Langer matched those two birdies as he climbed to 12-under and within one of
the lead, while Montgomerie tumbled to 10-under with bogeys at 13 and 14.
Perry closed with six straight pars, including a 20-foot par-saving putt at
the last to get in at minus-13.
"I knew had to make it. It's a 20-footer, it is a right edge putt and it has
got to be the right speed," Perry said on TV before the playoff of his par
putt at 18. "If I lay it on the right edge and hit it too hard, it's not going
to break. That was probably the biggest putt I made on the last hole to win
Langer carded four straight pars from the 13th to remain one behind, but
Montgomerie was making a charge. He dropped in back-to-back birdies at 16 and
17 to get within one of the leaders.
Langer also birdied the short par-4 17th to join Perry in the lead. Langer
parred the last to force the extra session, while Montgomerie tripped to a
bogey to end two back.
NOTES: Perry earned $285,000 for the win ... Montgomerie has now gone 147
starts on the PGA and Champions Tours without winning in the United States ...
For the fourth straight year, there was no change to the top 30 on the Charles
Schwab Cup Points list after the completion of this event ... Next week is the
season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, where Tom Lehman cruised to a
6-stroke win over Jay Haas last year.
10/27 19:41:32 ET