Perry survives late lapses to win as Woods shoots 65

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Kenny Perry, who had a record-setting victory at the Colonial last week, built another big lead yesterday at the Memorial and survived three closing bogeys to shoot a level par 72 for a two-shot victory over Lee Janzen.

"This is the time of my life," Perry said. "I've never played golf like this." It was the first time in his career that the 42-year-old Perry has won twice in the same year - back-to-back, no less, at two of the most prestigious stops on the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods, a three-time winner at Muirfield Village, had four birdies and an eagle on the back nine and closed with a seven-under-par 65 to tie for fourth place in his final tournament before the US Open.

Perry pulled away with four birdies on the front nine to build a five-stroke lead, and Janzen never got any closer until Perry became sloppy. After making only two bogeys over the first 66 holes, Perry finished with five bogeys and a birdie. He was just trying to get to the clubhouse and collect another trophy.

"About 13, it hit me," Perry said. "I just got flat, started stroking it terrible. Thank goodness I had a lead, and Lee wasn't making anything."

Perry finished at 13-under 275 and earned $900,000 (£600,000) for the second successive week. He moved up to No 5 on the PGA Tour money list with over $2.5m, which is a career-best for him.

Janzen, winless since his second US Open title in 1998, tried to make it interesting, holing out from a bunker for the third time in two days, but still only managed a 72.

* In Aurora, Illinois, Annika Sorenstam cruised to her second successive Kellogg-Keebler Classic title, as she returned to the LPGA Tour. The Swede pulled away early from her British playing partner, Mhairi McKay, and eased home with a one-under-par 71, winning by three shots after bogeying the last two holes.