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October 5-7 SAS Championship


IT’S CALLED PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN. On the Saturday of last year’s SAS Championship, Kenny Perry learned that his sister, Kay, died from breast cancer, two years to the day that their mother, Mildred, also died from cancer. “When I heard the news last night, it was a


long night,” an emotional Perry said on Sunday. “I didn’t sleep a lot, thought about just getting on a plane and heading home. But Dad was great. He called me, he said, ‘Son, you just need to go out there and represent Kay today.’ ” Everyone reacts to grief and difficulty


differently, but in Perry’s case, his reaction to the sad news was a bit unexpected. “I was very calm all day,” said Perry, 51, and a winner of 14 events on the PGA TOUR. “I had no nerves. Normally, I’m a little jumpy, a little jittery or tense. Today, I was just—I felt like I was on a low. I was really down. I was kind of depressed, and my swing was in rhythm. It wasn’t fast, and I had great control of the golf ball.” Perry made things difficult on


himself with a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 12th hole after dumping his approach shot into a water hazard. “Normally, I get pretty frustrated


Kenny Perry won with a 2-under 70.


Prestonwood Country Club (Par 72/7,212 yards) Cary, North Carolina


18/5 Kenny Perry


became the 18th different winner and the fifth first-


and pretty upset over that type of deal, and they get to me,” said Perry. “But I was able to just plod along, just play along.” He did, coming back with an eagle on the par-5 17th en route to a 2-under 70 and taking


time winner on the Champions Tour in 2011.


away a one-stroke win over


Jeff


Sluman and John Huston. “I really wasn’t thinking a lot about winning,” Perry said. “I just wanted to make Kay proud and somehow, you know, the eagle fell in the bottom of the cup on 17, and I felt like I know they are watching. I felt like I had some help up there. I’m excited to win, but I’d rather have my sister back.” It was Perry’s first win on the


Champions Tour, ending a victory drought of two years. ■


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Tom Lehman


Mark Calcavecchia Peter Senior John Cook


Russ Cochran Olin Browne


Mark O’Meara Nick Price


Jeff Sluman Tom Watson


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EVENTS 18


19 19 20 15 20 17 18 21 10


POINTS 2,135


1,737 1,645 1,570 1,465 1,370 1,342 1,252 1,225 1,131


398 490 565 670 765 793 883 910


1,004


3 1 -


Course Insight


Prestonwood Country Club


POINTS BEHIND WINS TOP 10 -


3 1 1 -


1 1 1


10 12 10 6 9 7 8


10 10 4


“MY SWING WAS IN RHYTHM. IT WASN’T FAST, AND I HAD GREAT CONTROL OF THE GOLF BALL.” – Kenny Perry


Leon Howard designed this course, which was originally the site of a farm. The first 18 holes were well received critically and a third nine was added in 1995. In advance of the inaugural event in 2001, a wealth of changes was made to the course, which has large putting surfaces, an abundance of difficult bunkers and 15 water hazards. This is a course where the players on the Champions Tour are usually forced to produce low scores if they are to have any chance at winning.


Tournament Record 198, Mark Weibe, 2007


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, Tom Kite, 2003


GOLF CHANNEL


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Ticket Information PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2012 203


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