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'Great' isn't good enough for Kenny Perry at Encompass Insurance Pro-Am

LUTZ — Kenny Perry did just about everything he could to make the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am a little more interesting Sunday. The 14-time PGA Tour winner shot the low round, 6-under 65.

Still, he finished second, three behind Michael Allen.

"Shoot! I played a great round but couldn't get close," Perry said. "I needed to shoot something low. I was six shots back to start the day. And I did it. I played a beautiful round of golf."

Perry had two eagles. He holed a 103-yard sand wedge on the par-4 No. 2 and hit a 7-iron to a few feet on his second shot at the par-5 No. 12.

Perry also birdied three of his last five holes.

"(Allen) had to play a poor round," Perry said. "And he didn't do it."

Hole of the day: For the tournament, there were only 11 birdies on the par-4 15th. Allen was 1 over for the hole overall.

Huston had a problem: Palm Harbor resident John Huston did not fare well in his first Champions Tour event at TPC Tampa Bay. He shot 6-over 77 and finished at 9-over 222.

His round included a 10 on the par-5 No. 14. That was sandwiched between bogey at No. 13 and double bogey at No. 15.

"That was embarrassing," Huston said. "It was bad all the way around. I didn't do anything good. I didn't feel good. My neck was bothering me. After that 14th hole, I was just thinking, 'Please get me out of here.' "

Pro-Am winners: The team of former Redskins QB Joe Theis­mann and Mark Calcavecchia won the pro-am part of the tournament at 29 under. They beat Lisa O'Hurley and Olin Browne in a scorecard tiebreaker.

Chip-ins: In his first tour event, Kirk Triplett finished tied for eighth at 2 under. … This was the 16th consecutive time a Champions Tour winner has come from the final group of the day. … P.H. Horgan had five consecutive birdies among his first nine holes (Nos. 12-16).

'Great' isn't good enough for Kenny Perry at Encompass Insurance Pro-Am 04/15/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 15, 2012 10:22pm]
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