Perry edges Hoffman in FBR

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After the first two playoff holes, neither Kenny Perry nor Charley Hoffman looked capable of winning the FBR Open.

Both were 1 over, and it looked as if they might have to play until dark.

“The playoff was ugly,” Perry said. “We were hitting it everywhere, having to scramble from all over the place.”

Perry finally finished off Hoffman, a former UNLV player, making a 22-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.

Perry closed with a 2-under 69 to match Hoffman (67) at 14-under 270. It was the 13th PGA Tour victory for Perry, the Kentuckian who won three times last year and played on the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Perry blew a chance to win in regulation. Leading by a stroke, all he needed was a par on the 18th, a hole he birdied twice and parred once this week, but he drove into a fairway bunker and had to settle for a bogey 5.

In the playoff, Perry and Hoffman bogeyed and parred the first two holes. Perry then rolled in the long putt on the 332-yard, par-4 17th to end the second straight playoff in the event.

“Kenny gave me a few opportunities, I gave him a few opportunities, and he happened to close the door,” said Hoffman, who has one PGA Tour victory, the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

At 48, Perry became the oldest player to win the event. Julius Boros was 46 when he won in 1967.

Kevin Na (68) finished a shot back in third at 271. Na rallied from six strokes back, but barely missed an 8-foot putt on the 18th hole that would have put him in the playoff.

Ryan Moore, another former UNLV player, finished tied for sixth at 273, as did former Bonanza High standout Scott Piercy, who was playing on a sponsor exemption.

• EUROPEAN PGA — At Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 19-year-old Rory McIlroy closed with a 2-under 70 for his first European Tour victory, a one-shot win over Justin Rose at the Dubai Desert Classic.

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