Date: June 29, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Chalmers 19th behind Perry

PGA Tour veteran Kenny Perry claimed his second victory of the year and jumped to the top of the FedEx Cup standings as he won the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Perry, 48, shot a final-round seven-under-par 63 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, to reach 22-under for the tournament, three shots clear of David Toms, who closed with a 65. Paul Goydos, the 54-hole leader, finished in third at 18-under following a 67 with Ryan Moore (64), Hunter Mahan (64) and Ben Curtis (65) tied for fourth. Australian Greg Chalmers finished as the highest-placed international player after closing with a four-under 66 to end the week at 11-under in a tie for 19th. Compatriots Mathew Goggin (67) and Nick O&aposHern (68) were not far behind, claiming a share of 26th place at nine-under. Perry, this year&aposs Masters runner-up, won his 12th tournament since his 40th birthday in August 2000, his 14th in total and added to the FBR Open title he sealed at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona, back in February. He had started the day a shot behind Goydos but as the overnight leader got off to a steady start, his veteran playing partner in the final group managed birdies at the par-four second and par-five sixth. Goydos grabbed his first birdie at the par-four seventh but the lead changed hands at the next hole, a par three, which Perry birdied after dialling in off the tee to inside three feet and Goydos bogeyed after missing the green. The gap widened further at the par-four 10th when Perry birdied and Goydos bogeyed to slip to 15-under while Toms, in the penultimate group, birdied the 11th and John Merrick birdied the 12th almost simultaneously to assume a tie for second at 16-under. Toms added birdies at 13, 15 and 16 while Goydos finished eagle, birdie, par, birdie but Perry clinched the title with further birdies of his own at 11, 15 and 17. Tag Ridings and Casey Wittenberg finished in a tie for seventh at 16-under while Scott Verplank shot an eight-under-par 62 to get to 15-under for a tie for ninth with Bo Van Pelt. US Open champion Lucas Glover claimed a tie for 11th place six days after his Bethpage Black heroics with a final-round 65 to join Merrick (69) and Anthony Kim (67) at 14-under. Bubba Watson posted a 63 to get to 13-under in a tie for 14th with DJ Trahan, Boo Weekley and 50-year-old Michael Allen. Sergio Garcia of Spain closed with a 66 to finish the event at seven-under, tied for 43rd. Meanwhile Richard Green has finished in a tie for ninth place behind England&aposs Nick Dougherty, who returned to winning ways in Munich with victory at the BMW International Open. The win – his third European Tour victory – earned Dougherty a place in next month&aposs British Open. Four clear and seemingly coasting, the gap was suddenly cut to one when Argentina&aposs Rafa Echenique sank a 243-yard three-iron on the last for only the fourth albatross of the Tour season. Having eagled the 11th, Echenique equalled the Tour record with his back nine 27 – he actually played the last 10 holes in an amazing 10-under – but Dougherty kept his composure. Three closing pars gave him a superb 64 for a 22-under total. Long-time leader Retief Goosen finished third, but 51-year-old Bernhard Langer, hoping to become the oldest winner in Tour history in front of his home fans and only one behind after an opening birdie, fell back to ninth. Green fired a closing six-under 66 to finish at 15-under overall. Compatriot Scott Strange carded an even-par 72 to finish tied for 30th place at eight-under, while Marcus Fraser fired a three-under 69 to close at five-under overall. And Cameron Percy has finished in a tie for second behind American Tom Gillis in the Nationwide Tour&aposs Players Cup. Percy shot a closing four-under 68 to finish at 12-under alongside Roger Tambellini, three shots behind Gillis. Big-hitting Won Joon Lee slipped out of contention with a fourth-round five-over 77 to finish in a share of 13th place at six-under.