Kohki Idoki of Japan wins Senior PGA Championship | Golf
Kohki Idoki of Japan won the Senior PGA Championship after Kenny Perry squandered a three-stroke lead with six holes left.
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS — Kohki Idoki's eyes welled with tears as he putted for the Senior PGA Championship, and again in the interview room Sunday. Everything about the Japanese player's first appearance in the event, and first trip to the United States, was perfect.
"It is one of the greatest things to win in this game, so I cannot imagine more," Idoki said through a translator. "I can't believe that I am the champion."
Kenny Perry can't believe he let another major-tournament title slip away.
"Well, it was going good for the first 13 holes or whatever," Perry said.
Idoki erased a five-stroke deficit against a fading Perry with room to spare at Bellerive Country Club, charging to a two-stroke victory in the event for players at least 50 years old.
Idoki, 51, closed with a 6-under-par 65 to finish at 11 under and earned $378,000. The 5-foot-5, 136-pound Idoki is the first Asian male to win a senior major tournament.
It was the third bitter final-round failure in a major for the 52-year-old Perry (72), who led by three strokes with six holes to play but settled for a second-place tie with Jay Haas (70).
Perry squandered a two-stroke lead with two holes to go in the 2009 Masters and also let victory slip away in the 1996 PGA Championship.
Perry spoke briefly after trudging off the 18th green, noting he had been "shellshocked" by his crucial double bogey on No. 13 and that he was "in jail the whole time."
Kirk Triplett (68), a Pullman High graduate, tied for sixth place at 6 under.
Jeff Coston (72), a PGA teaching pro at Semiahmoo in Blaine, tied for 28th place at even par and shared top club-pro honors with Mark Mielke (73).
Coston, 57, was the leading club pro in the 2007 Senior PGA, when he tied for 19th place.
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Weekley, 39, finished at 14 under to beat Matt Kuchar (68) by a stroke and earned $1.152 million.
Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (70) tied for 35th place at 3 under.
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Putnam, 29, finished at 13-under 275 and earned $126,000 to rise from 11th to first on the Web.com money list at $246,234. He also won the 2010 Utah Championship.
Ex-UW Husky Alex Prugh (72) of Spokane was in a three-way tie for second. Andrew Putnam (69), Michael's brother, tied for ninth at 8 under.
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