SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kenny Perry made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer on Sunday to win the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.
Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with an 18-foot putt.
"I made clutch putts just to even hang in there with him," Perry said. "Putter saved me."
He didn't know he needed to make the long putt on 18 in regulation to remain tied with Langer, who was playing in the group behind him.
"When I made that putt, I thought I had a one-shot lead and that he would have to birdie 18 to catch me," Perry said. "I look over there, and he had birdied 17. I thought, 'Dang, I had to make that to tie.' So, I guess it was a good mindset for me to know that I was relaxed and could putt with a good speed and hit it right in the middle."
Perry hit an 8-iron from 176 yards to set up the winning 10-foot putt in the playoff.
"It was perfect," Perry said. "I was jacked up, downwind, lot of adrenaline. I hit it the perfect distance. It was an amazing shot. I usually hit 160 with an 8-iron. Isn't that funny what adrenaline does to you?"
Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup from 494 to 612 points entering the season-ending Schwab Cup Championship next week in San Francisco. The 14-time PGA Tour winner won the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour starts this summer and has five career victories on the 50-and-over circuit.
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