Perry Sets Tournament Record at Travelers Championship

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Kenny Perry shot 63 to finish with a tournament-record 258 and win the Travelers Championship by three strokes yesterday over Paul Goydos and David Toms, two other golfers in their 40s.

Perry tied a course record with a 61 Thursday and led after each of the first two rounds. But, he trailed by a stroke to Goydos heading into the final round.

He responded with a 32 on the front nine and was up by five shots heading to the par-4 15th.

Goydos, 45, made a 20-foot eagle putt from the fringe on 15 and birdied 16. But he missed his birdie putt on 17.

Perry birdied 15, and put the tournament away by making birdie on 17 after hitting a 164-yard approach to within 8 feet.

Goydos said he felt he needed to shoot a 63 to win the tournament, but didn't start playing well until the 15th hole.

"I don't want to run and hide from that," he said. "He played like a guy who's won 14 times. I played more like a guy who's won twice, especially early in the round."

Goydos made a 40-foot putt on the seventh hole, but gave two shots back when he bogeyed the par-3 eighth and Perry made birdie after hitting his tee shot to within 3 feet.

Perry went four strokes up by sinking a 16-foot birdie on the 10th, and Goydos had another bogey.

Perry takes home just more than $1 million with the victory, and has won five times in a little more than a year, the most of any player on tour. He has 12 top-10 finishes over that span while making every cut. His 258 is tied for fourth-best 72-hole score in Tour history. It beats the old tournament record of 259 set by Tim Norris is 1982.

The win also moves Perry to the front of the FedEx Cup standings. It was his 14th career victory, and he said he's hoping to get 20 wins before he retires.

"It's a pretty unrealistic goal," he said. "I just kind of threw that number out there to see everyone's eyes roll into the back of their heads."

Toms, 42, shot his third 65 of the tournament to finish tied with Goydos at 19-under par. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on 17, after making birdies at 15 and 16 to put himself into contention.

"I didn't get off to the kind of start that I felt like needed to put pressure on the guys that were ahead of me," Toms said.