After an intriguing performance on the final day, Kenny Perry outclassed Kirk Triplett by two strokes in the 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Salem Country Club. Perry claimed the trophy on a tough scoring day. It is his fourth major victory on the senior tour.
Perry, the 2013 winner of this championship, played a bogey-free final round of 2-under-par 68, capped by a string of 12 consecutive pars to finish. Perry, who admitted that he began his second round on Friday “amped up” and opened with two bogeys, was much more settled in at the start on Sunday, and it showed with a birdie on the first hole.
Perry followed up his opening birdie with four straight pars and his only other birdie of the day, on the par-5 sixth hole. By that point, he held a two-stroke lead on Triplett, which would grow to four by the turn after Triplett made his third and fourth bogeys of the day. He had made only two bogeys in the first three rounds combined as he built a championship record 15-under total of 195.
Perry entered Sunday having tallied rounds of 65-64-67. It was the first bogey-free final round by a winner at a U.S. Senior Open since Bernhard Langer in 2010.
Triplett finished second at 14 under on the week. Brandt Jobe (9 under) claimed solo third, while Tom Lehman and Fred Couples finished T4 at 8 under.
Perry became the sixth multiple champion of the U.S. Senior Open, and the first winner since Bernhard Langer in 2010 at Sahalee Country Club to play a bogey-free final round. His total of 264 (16 under par) bettered by three strokes the championship scoring mark of 267, set by Hale Irwin in 2000 at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa., and matched by Perry in 2013. Triplett also topped the previous record as runner-up.