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Perry leads Champions Tour into Greater Hickory

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm •  Published: October 17, 2013

CONOVER, N.C. (AP) — Kenny Perry may hold a commanding lead in the Champions Tour's season points race, but he's not ready to pocket the $1 million annuity just yet.

Perry's goal for now is to win or finish strongly in the next three tournaments, beginning with this weekend's Greater Hickory Classic, which opens Friday on a reconfigured Rock Barn Golf and Spa course.

"The whole field's in play this week," said Perry, who won the Senior Players Championship and the U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour start this summer.

"So it's definitely not over. I've got to go out there and play well, and take care of things. It's still been a great year for me. No matter what happens, it's been a great year."

Perry leads Bernhard Langer by 609 points in the Charles Schwab Cup standings (2,760-2,151) with three events remaining on the 50-and-over tour — this weekend's tournament, at San Antonio next week and the tour finale in San Francisco in two weeks.

Three other players — David Frost (1,971), Duffy Waldorf (1,569) and Fred Couples (1,545) — are mathematically still in the hunt for the Schwab Cup title. With four of the top five entered in this weekend's tournament (Couples is the lone holdout), Perry knows that his lead can quickly disappear.

"It's always come down to the last tournament, and it's always come down to the last putt the last few years," said the 14-time winner on the PGA Tour. "If one of those guys get hot, if Langer or Frosty get hot and I don't make the top 10 and get points, they can catch me."

The odds of that happening increase this week at the Greater Hickory Classic, where the field will have to get used to a new course layout at Rock Barn.

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