Perry laments poor finish to Senior PGA Championship

Perry laments poor finish to Senior PGA Championship

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Leader Kenny Perry sinks his putt on the ninth green during the final round of the 74th Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis on May 26, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Brian Feldman / News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on May 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 12:12 PM

ST. LOUIS -- Kenny Perry had all the momentum in the world after the fifth hole at Bellerive.  He had just birdied for the third time and was 13 under par with a three stroke lead during the final round of the Senior PGA Championship.
 
Then he started hole six.  Which ended in a bogey.
 
"I can't play that hole to save my neck," Perry said.
 
After six straight pars the 52-year old would double bogey 13, drop a couple more strokes on 16 and 17 and ultimately settle for second place.
 
Meanwhile, Japan's Kohki Idoki was putting the finishing touches on a final round 65.  That's the second best final round score for a champion in the history of the tournament.  Perry says for pretty much the entire round he had no idea Idoki - who began the day at just five under par - was even a threat to pass him.
 
"Not until I got to 16 and saw that he was at (minus) 11 and I was like 'where'd he come from?'," Perry said. "I saw him around nine and wasn't paying a lot of attention to the board and then when I saw him at (minus) 11 I was like good grief I went from two up to two down in a hurry."
 
Perry says he's just thrilled to play here and plans on moving on without dwelling on what could have been at Bellerive this weekend.

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