Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair need fast finish to triumph in Florida
Last Updated: 09/12/12 11:52pm
Kenny Perry: Becomes the oldest player to win the tournament at the age of 52
Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair birdied five of the final six holes to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Florida.
The duo had held a two-shot lead overnight going into Sunday's scramble but finished up just one clear of their nearest rivals, the fast-charging Charles Howell III and Rory Sabbatini, on 31 under.
Perry has now claimed the trophy on three occasions in his career, each time with a different partner; he triumphed in 2005 with John Huston and then again with Scott Hoch three years later.
The 52-year-old American also becomes the oldest player to ever win the Shootout.
"All three have been different," Perry said of his previous victories. "John and I were pretty even partners, and then the year Scott and I won, I played fantastic that week.
"This year, my roles have been reversed, and I was complementing Sean."
Howell and Sabbatini made them work, though, managing to combine for a 15-under 57 on the Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club. Their efforts included a stunning eagle on a par-four hole.
Jason Duffner and Vijay Singh finished alone in third place on 28 under for the three-round tournament that uses a different format on each day.
Stewart Cink and Carl Pettersson, first-round leaders Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker and 2009 champions Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker were another shot back in a tie for fourth.