Date: September 27, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Perry powers to the top

Kenny Perry hailed a &aposspecial day&apos at East Lake as he upstaged overnight leader Tiger Woods to lead the Tour Championship by two strokes going into the last round of the PGA Tour&aposs FedEx Cup finale. Perry began the day at two-under, three shots behind Woods who leads the standings and will be guaranteed a US$10million bonus if he wins on Sunday. Instead of the expected march towards that goal by Woods, Perry outscored the world No.1 by five shots, his six-under-par 64 taking him to eight-under. The 49-year-old will now go head-to-head with Woods (69) in the final pairing, needing a victory and his playing partner to finish fourth or worse to snatch the mega-money prize from the grasp of the best player in the world. “When you open up with four birdies in a row, that don&apost happen a lot, especially on this golf course,” Perry said. “I knew it was going to be a special day.” “I had such a good feeling, a good vibe, after those first four holes. I was relaxed and I knew it was going to be a good day.” “I was in that zone and it was just a very comfortable round of golf.” “I need to recreate that tomorrow, there&aposs a lot on the line.” World No.3 Phil Mickelson may also have a say in the matter, his 66 continuing his upward mobility following an opening 73 by taking him to four-under. That puts the left-hander in a tie for third place with fellow American Sean O&aposHair, the first-round leader whose double bogey at the par-four 17th left him with a 70 on Saturday. Ireland&aposs Padraig Harrington began the day a shot behind Woods but carded four bogeys and three birdies in a 71 to lie five shots off the pace at three-under, alongside American Steve Marino, who posted a 67. World No.2 Steve Stricker, who started the tournament second in the FedEx Cup standings, is at two-under following a 66. Stricker is tied for seventh with South Africa&aposs Ernie Els, who carded a 71. Australian John Senden maintained his position among the top 10 with a one-under 69 seeing him at one-under for the tournament. The big move, however, came from compatriot Geoff Ogilvy. After starting the day in 30th and last place, the Victorian carded a blistering six-under 64 to move to two-over overall and into a tie for 17th.