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Perry back where he broke loose

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Published May 20, 2004

FORT WORTH, Texas - Kenny Perry knows he will always be remembered as the player who won Annika Sorenstam's tournament.

That's fine with Perry, whose win last year at the Colonial started the best stretch in his 17 years on the PGA Tour. It came after he missed the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship.

"I was kind of coming in here on an all-time low," Perry said Wednesday, a day before the Colonial's first round. "So it's a funny game. I don't know why all of a sudden it broke loose for me."

Perry followed his win at Hogan's Alley, his fifth overall and first in three years, by winning the Memorial and at 42 becoming the PGA Tour's oldest back-to-back winner since 1990.

"It was just a magical two weeks," he said.

But he wasn't finished.

Perry tied for third at the U.S. Open and won at the Greater Milwaukee Open for the third time in four events. He went on to finish sixth on the money list with $4.4-million - more than double what he had ever earned in a season.

Sorenstam, who became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour, isn't at Colonial, so the attention returns to the other players and the 7,054-yard course Tiger Woods won't play.

Woods, who has said Colonial doesn't suit his game and is outdated, and No. 1 money winner Vijay Singh are skipping the second half of the Dallas-Fort Worth stop. But seven of the top 11 players on the money list are here, including Phil Mickelson (No. 2) and Sergio Garcia (No. 8), who won the Nelson on Sunday and whose first PGA win came at the Colonial three years ago.

As for Perry's chances, "The pressure's not really on me because I don't really expect to duplicate what I did last year," he said.

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