Perry roll continues at JDC

Perry roll continues at JDC

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 9:37 pm
By: AP

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Kenny Perry was signing autographs when he heard his cue. The crowd roared and his luck took another turn for the better, just as it appeared to be running out. Brad Adamonis had just missed the potential winning putt, meaning Perry had another shot after nearly blowing the John Deere Classic on Sunday. This time, he took advantage. Perry beat Adamonis and Jay Williamson in a one-hole playoff and escaped with his third victory in five starts after bogeying the 18th hole Sunday. At 47, he’s enjoying the best stretch of his career. “I think it’s genetics with me,” Perry said. “I am just a big guy, just been blessed with the ability to hit the ball far my whole life.” Perry had a one-stroke lead at 17-under through 17 only to lose it thanks to some poor shots from the fringe on the final hole of regulation. He and Williamson were off the course when Adamonis, the PGA Tour’s oldest rookie at 35, missed an 18-foot putt for birdie that would have won it in regulation and given him his first victory. The ball stopped three feet short and Adamonis was at 16-under 268 with the others. Perry, who was signing autographs, said he didn’t see the shot. He just heard the roar and knew he had to get back on the course. While Adamonis and Williamson both hit approach shots into the pond on No. 18, Perry tapped in from 16 inches for par and the victory after his 24-footer stopped just short. He picked the ball out of the cup and raised both arms, an ear-to-ear grin crossing his face. He has reason to smile. He collected $756,000 with his 12th victory and he’s winning at an age when players are getting ready for the senior tour. Will he still be playing on the tour full time after he turns 50? “I don’t know,” Perry said. “I guess we will pick and choose a little bit when I turn 50 here in a couple of years. If I am still hitting the ball like I am and still putting like I am, I don’t see why I can’t be competitive out here.” Perry (1-under 70), Adamonis (70) and Williamson (69) were one stroke ahead of Charlie Wi (69), Will MacKenzie (70) and Eric Axley (69) after 72 holes. Williamson earned an invitation to the British Open and, unlike Perry, accepted it. “To play the British Open, I don’t think that has quite sunk in yet,” Williamson said. “I am blinded by the playoff. To go play the British Open, I never thought that would happen .” Now second behind Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup standings, Perry might have been a threat there had he not decided to honor a commitment to play in the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee instead. Published in The Messenger 7.14.08

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