Kenny Perry wins Bay Hill Invitational

Kenny Perry recorded his eighth career victory on Sunday when he won the Bay Hill Invitational by two shots over Vijay Singh and Graeme McDowell.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
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Kenny Perry recorded his eighth career victory on Sunday when he won the Bay Hill Invitational by two shots over Vijay Singh and Graeme McDowell. Vijay Singh played well early on and his chip-in for birdie at the sixth hole lowered his score to eight-under-par. The best putt of the day was perhaps produced by Carlos Franco, who made eagle from the other side of the green. But even after the remarkable putt, Franco was only at three-over-par. Disappointing day Tiger Woods did not have one of his better days on Sunday. His second shot at the par-five sixth hole appeared to hit a rock and bounce into the water. Woods finished the weekend sharing 23rd place on the leaderboard at one-under-par. By contrast, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell had one of his best rounds as a professional player. His approach at the ninth hole came very close to finding the cup. John Daly had an immense struggle at the difficult 18th hole. His approach landed in a narrow patch of sand amidst several rocks. Daly, who triple bogeyed this same hole last year in the final round, took several shots at the ball, and wound up with an eleven on the hole to finish at 14-over-par. Meanwhile, Kenny Perry continued his outstanding play with a long birdie putt at the ninth hole to move to 11-under-par, good for a three-shot advantage that Singh cut to two with a birdie just moments later. Restoring lead Perry restored his three-shot lead with a short birdie at the 12th hole though to move to 13-under-par. Aaron Baddeley then made birdie at the 14th hole and lowered his score to six-under-par before finishing at four-under for a share of fifth place. McDowell, who would finish in a two-way share for second place with Singh, chipped-in from the greenside rough at the 17th hole to card a birdie. The shot took the Ulsterman to 10-under par. The 25-year-old turned in a flawless final round that was the probably the best 18 hole stretch of the tournament. He closed with a 6-under 66 and his runners-up place secured a spot in next week's The Players Championship. Retief Goosen, after an opening round 78, did not give up, and with his birdie at the 18th hole, the South African finished in fourth place at five-under par. Singh and Perry were all square at 12-under going to the 18th hole. Lofty approach Singh lofted his approach high into the wind, but the ball bounced off some rocks and dropped into the water. The Fijian would double-bogey the hole to finish tied with McDowell at 10-under par. He may have narrowly missed out on a championship success for a second event in a row, but Singh could console himself with the knowledge that he will return to the top of the world rankings. Last week, Singh missed a 2 1/2-foot par putt on the second extra hole at the Honda Classic to lose to Padraig Harrington. Then, all Perry had to do to win was par the 18th hole, which he duly did, for his eighth career victory. At 44-years-of-age Perry became the oldest winner of Arnold Palmer's tournament. (AP)