- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2009

From combined dispatches

CROMWELL, Conn. | There was no Masters-style meltdown for Kenny Perry.

Perry shot 63 on Sunday to finish with a tournament-record 258 and win the Travelers Championship by three strokes over Paul Goydos and David Toms.

Perry, whose bogey-bogey finish at Augusta kept him from winning the Masters in April, tied a course record with a 61 on Thursday and led after each of the first two rounds. But he trailed Goydos by a stroke heading into the final round. He responded by shooting a 32 on the front nine and was up by five strokes heading to the par-4 15th.

Goydos made a 20-foot eagle putt from the fringe on 15 and birdied 16, but he missed his birdie putt on 17 to the right. Perry birdied 15 and put the tournament away by making birdie on 17 after hitting a 164-yard approach within eight feet.

“Everyone kind of asks about the Augusta hangover deal,” he said. “I guess I kind of shoved that aside a little bit. So that makes me feel pretty good.”

Nielsen rallies past Funk

ENDICOTT, N.Y. | Lonnie Nielsen shot a 9-under 63, vaulting past second-round leader Fred Funk with an impressive five-hole flourish at the start to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open by three shots over Funk and Ronnie Black.

Trailing Funk by three shots entering the day, Nielsen started with four birdies and an eagle. He pulled away on the back side to win for just the second time on the Champions Tour.

Dougherty takes BMW

MUNICH | Nick Dougherty shot a final-round 64 to win the BMW International Open by one stroke, but he was nearly upstaged by one of the most rare shots in golf.

Dougherty finished at 22-under 266 and wound up holding off Rafa Echenique after the Argentine produced an albatross — taking two shots to finish a par 5 — on the 18th hole to complete his 10-under 62.

Shin gets fifth title

ROCHESTER, N.Y. | Jiyai Shin posted her fifth title in 11 months with a seven-stroke victory at the Wegmans LPGA.

The 21-year-old shot a 1-under 71 to finish in a downpour at 17-under 271. Kristy McPherson and Yani Tseng each shot a 66 to surge into a second-place tie at 10 under. One behind were Mika Miyazato (71) and rookies Haeji Kang (71) and Stacy Lewis (74).

Gillis tops Players Cup

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. | Tom Gillis broke from the pack early in the final round of the Players Cup and went on to fire a 2-under 70 and earn his first Nationwide Tour win.

Gillis, who held a one-shot lead to begin the day, stretched his lead to five midway through the round at the Pete Dye Golf Club. It dropped to two following a double-bogey, but he steadied himself with four closing pars to win by three strokes over Cameron Percy (68) and Roger Tambellini (68).

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