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March 15 2012

7:20 PM

Perry putts his way to contention

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Kenny Perry shot a 5-under 66 Thursday at the Transitions Championship.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- If this is Kenny Perry’s last year playing here, it might be a good one -- at least judging by how he played Thursday anyway.

Perry, who is sponsored by Transitions, which is in its last year of title sponsorship here, shot a 5-under 66 Thursday to sit high on the leaderboard after his opening round.

This is also a rare appearance for Perry on the PGA TOUR. Though the 51-year-old has full eligibility, he’ll spend much of the year on the Champions Tour.

“It's good to come back and play with my old buddies',” said Perry, who is playing in his third TOUR event of the season. “I'm just enjoying life, I'm just playing where I want to play, go where I want to go.”

Thursday, Perry had plenty to enjoy. He made a half-dozen birdies and just one bogey in his lone round in the 60s out here this year.

A one point, Perry birdied four straight holes and five of six in the middle of his round. His only hiccup came on the 18th, where he hit to the back of the green on his approach, put his next shot to 6 feet and missed the par putt.

“I putted beautifully today,” said Perry, who had 28 putts and made five of them from beyond 10 feet. “That was probably the best round of golf I've ever played on this golf course. This course usually beats me up pretty bad.”

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