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The Tour Report

May 22 2010

5:21 PM

Perry gets his swing back

Since winning the Travelers Championship last June, Kenny Perry has managed just two top-10 finishes on TOUR -- and both of those were in limited-field events.

"It's been a long year," he said.

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But it's been a good week for the 49-year-old Perry, whose 4-under 66 in Saturday's third round puts him at 7 under for the tournament at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and moved up into contention to make a run at his 15th career PGA TOUR title on Sunday.

"It's amazing what one good golf swing can do for you," Perry said. "Actually, I've got a little pop back this week. My driver has a little length to it, the fairway is firm, the ball is rolling out, which is helping me."

And he's also got a putter that's working. His Ping Craz-E putter that he's used for a long time broke earlier this year in Hawaii. He's using a back-up putter now and he likes the feel of it. He made two early putts Saturday -- one from just under 15 feet for birdie on the second hole and another from just under 10 feet to save par at the third hole -- to gain some momentum.

"I made putts that you've got to make to get in a tournament," Perry said.

Now he's aiming for a win. With his 50th birthday -- and the Champions Tour -- just a few months away, it would be very sweet.

"I've been working out hard, trying to rededicate myself and get back in the mix here," Perry said, "and actually I have a great shot at winning a golf tournament again."

To replay Perry's round on Shot Tracker, click here .