Perry beats Hoffman in playoff to win FBR Open|
Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) - Kenny Perry holed a 23-foot birdie putt from
just off the green to win a playoff Sunday at the FBR Open, collecting his
13th PGA Tour win at the age of 48.
Perry and Charley Hoffman needed three extra holes to decide the tournament,
with Perry finally ending things at the TPC Scottsdale's 17th hole.
The playoff wasn't pretty.
Neither was the end of regulation.
Perry, the overnight leader, carried a one-shot lead to the 18th hole but
walked off with a closing bogey to shoot a two-under 69. He had birdied two of
the previous three holes to take the lead.
Hoffman, chasing his second PGA Tour win, missed makable birdie putts at the
17th and 18th holes and shot a four-under 67. Either putt would have given him
The players ended regulation tied at 14-under-par 270, one shot in front of
Kevin Na, who missed an eight-foot birdie putt at 18 with a chance to make the
playoff. Na shot a 68.
David Toms and James Nitties, both with 68s, tied for fourth place at 12-under
The festive atmosphere that has long been this tournament's hallmark was
ratcheted up Sunday in the hours before the Arizona Cardinals faced the
Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. The Cardinals play their home games in
Glendale, about 20 miles west of Scottsdale.
Phoenix-born Ted Purdy, a University of Arizona alum, put on the No. 81 jersey
of wide receiver Anquan Boldin and carried, along with his caddie, a Cardinals
banner to the 16th green.
The stadium crowd at the always-rowdy 16th responded predictably.
There was, of course, also the matter of the golf.
Perry and Hoffman both made bogeys at the first playoff hole -- No. 18 --
after they each drove into a fairway bunker. Perry had the best chance for
par, but he missed a 15-foot putt to take a bogey there for the second time in
about 20 minutes.
They both made par at the second playoff hole, the par-four 10th, with Perry
missing a 20-footer for birdie and Hoffman coming within inches of draining
At the driveable 17th for the third extra hole, Hoffman plugged his tee shot
into a bunker and was left with an awkward lie near the lip of the trap.
Perry, meanwhile, found the fairway off the tee, but didn't gain much of an
advantage when his chip shot bounced softly and failed to make it to the
Hoffman was unable to get up and down from the bunker for birdie, blasting to
34 feet and missing the putt, which left Perry with another chance to putt for
He rolled the 23-footer into the middle of the cup and threw his arms in the
air in celebration.
It was Perry's 22nd consecutive appearance at the tournament.
"To me this is a place I always felt like I could win," said Perry, who won
three times last year. "I always felt very comfortable on this golf course,
and for whatever reason I didn't putt well these last two days. But I hit it
good enough to do well, and I thought it was going to be a special day."
Perry's fourth win since the beginning of last season -- and his 10th as a
fortysomething -- was worth $1.08 million.
The top of the leaderboard was tight throughout the final round, making the
playoff a fitting end to the tournament.
Hoffman knocked a 175-yard approach to inches at No. 11 to set up a birdie
that forced a four-way tie for the lead with Perry, Nitties and Scott Piercy.
Perry then rolled in a 15-footer for birdie at the 10th to take the lead by
himself, but he bogeyed the 11th and things were tied again.
With a pair of two-foot birdie putts at 13 and 15, Hoffman had the lead by
himself, but Perry set up the late-round dramatics with his own birdie inside
three feet at the 15th.
Hoffman squandered a chance to move in front when he missed a three-foot
birdie putt at the 17th. He pushed the putt four feet past the hole, forcing
him to make a knee-knocker to save par and remain tied for the lead.
Perry's three-foot birdie putt at the 17th gave him back sole possession of
the lead, but he made a mess of the 18th.
After knocking his drive into a bunker, Perry chunked two shots -- hitting a
sand shot into the fairway, then an approach that he left on the front of the
green, 42 feet short of the hole.
Perry did well just to two-putt for the bogey, falling into a tie with Hoffman
at 14-under and forcing the playoff.
Hoffman, a 32-year-old Californian with long blonde hair, claimed his only PGA
Tour win early in the 2007 season at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. His
second-place finish Sunday was worth $648,000.
"I played great in the middle of the round, got myself back into contention
really when I wasn't ... Unfortunately, obviously, I didn't get it done," said
Hoffman. "Kenny gave me a few opportunities, I gave him a few opportunities,
and he happened to close the door."
02/01 20:26:42 ET