Rod Perry, PGA
2013 PGA Professional
PGA Professional National Championship
The 46th PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA returned to Sunriver (Ore.) Resort, marking the third visit by The PGA of America's showcase event for PGA Professionals.
Rod Perry, the 39-year-old PGA head professional at Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club in Port Orange, Fla., turned in a near-flawless 3-under-par 69 in the final round at Crosswater Club, punctuating his performance by making a downhill 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th hole. It was the lift he needed for a three-stroke victory in the 46th PGA Professional National Championship.
Presented the 2012 PGA Professional Player of the Year award earlier in the week, Perry finished with a 72-hole total of 10-under-par 277. He is the first left-hander and the fourth North Florida PGA Section member to win the National Championship.
Ryan Polzin of Houston, Texas, who came within a stroke of the lead before a wayward drive on 18 landed in a hazard, finished second at 280, after closing with 71. Jeff Sorenson of Blaine, Minn., was another stroke back at 282.
"This is by far the biggest win of my career; it's huge," said Perry. "Winning that PGA Player of the Year Award in 2012 made me think for a second, hey, maybe I am one of the better players in The PGA, and maybe I can compete on a consistent basis. Finishing second last year (in the Championship) at Bayonet Blackhorse, I know I didn't play my best.
"I felt if I could play a bit better, maybe I would have a chance. Thankfully, not one of our great players got hot like Matt Dobyns did last year. It left the gates open and I was able to come through."
JC Anderson of St. Louis; three-time National Champion Mike Small of Champaign, Ill.; 2007 Champion Chip Sullivan of Troutville, Va.; and Mark Sheftic of Blue Bell, Pa., tied for fourth at 283. Complete release and final scores
Perry leads the 20-member contingent to the 95th PGA Championship in August, which will be his second consecutive trip to the Season's Final Major. Read more
Perry also leads a group of eight qualifiers into the 26th PGA Cup, which will be contested in September at Slaley Hall in Northumberland, England. The PGA Cup, the equivalent of the Ryder Cup for the PGA club professional, matches 10-member teams from the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland.
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be joined by the Grande Dunes Resort Club as cohosts of the 47th PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, on June 22â€“25, 2014. It marks the second visit to South Carolina by The PGA of America's showcase event for PGA Professionals.