Peabody, MA Salem Country Club – It was another major-moment Sunday for Kenny Perry, and this one might have been his best. Perry didn’t flinch in the final round of the U.S. Senior Open and claimed the coveted trophy on a tough scoring day at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Massachusetts. It was Perry’s fourth major championship title on PGA TOUR Champions. He also won the U.S. Senior Open in 2013.
“I felt ready to go today,” Perry said. “I had a good warm-up session … It’s our goal to always win our championship. I’ve never had such a mental challenge all week. It fell my way this week. I just can’t thank the USGA enough. This trophy goes back a long way.”
The 56-year-old Perry shot a bogey-free final-round 2-under 68 to win by two strokes over Kirk Triplett. Perry entered Sunday having tallied rounds of 65-64-67. It was the first bogey-free final round by a winner at a U.S. Senior Open since Bernhard Langer in 2010.
Perry began the day trailing Triplett (final-round 1-over 71) by one shot, but in just a matter of moments he had grabbed the lead. The cushion would grow to as many as four shots, and while Triplett made a nice run to cut the lead to two shots with two holes to play, Perry never relented.
“I didn’t play very well,” Triplett said. ‘It was a real struggle for me. He’s a solid player and always hits the ball really well. … He was doing the things you do to win golf tournaments and I didn’t.”
Triplett finished second at 14 under on the week. Brandt Jobe (9 under) claimed solo third, while Tom Lehman and Fred Couples finished T4 at 8 under.
The victory gets Perry into the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
Source: Champions Tour