SILVIS, Ill. He never wanted to be the star, the main attraction, but Kenny Perry will have no choice if this continues. The guy who merely wanted to win enough to make the Ryder Cup team is now racking up victories at a rapid pace.
"I don't want to live in a fishbowl," he said. "I don't want Tiger status."
He's got a ways to go to get there, but he is attracting more attention than ever before.
Perry beat Brad Adamonis and Jay Williamson in a one-hole playoff to win the John Deere Classic and escape with his third victory in five starts after bogeying the 18th hole Sunday.
Perry had a one-stroke lead at 17-under through 17 only to lose it thanks to some poor shots from the fringe on the final hole of regulation. He and Williamson were off the course when Adamonis, the PGA Tour's oldest rookie at 35, missed an 18-foot putt for birdie that would have won it in regulation and given him his first victory.
The ball stopped 3 feet short, and Adamonis was at 16-under 268 with the others. Perry, who was signing autographs, said he didn't see the shot. He just heard the roar and knew he had to get back on the course.
While Adamonis and Williamson both hit approach shots into the pond on No. 18, Perry tapped in from 1 feet, 4 inches for par and the victory after his 24-footer stopped just short.
He picked the ball out of the cup and raised both arms, an ear-to-ear grin crossing his face.
He has reason to smile.
He collected $756,000 with his 12th victory and is enjoying the best stretch of his career at an age 47 when players are getting ready for the senior tour. A guy with apparently no aspirations to be the next Arnie or Jack suddenly is one of the hottest players on the tour.
"I told my dad I was going to make the PGA Tour and win a tournament," he said. "My goal was never to be a superstar. I just wanted to make a living and support my kids."
LPGA CORNING CLASSIC: At Sylvania, Ohio, Paula Creamer shot a 2-over 73 and did just enough to make a big lead stand, going wire-to-wire to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic by two strokes.
Creamer, who captured her seventh career win and her third this season, had worse scores every day after breaking the tournament record with an 11-under 60 in the first round. She followed that with a 65 and a 70 to finish at 16-under 268, two shots better than Nicole Castrale, who closed fast with a 64.
The 21-year-old Californian saw her lead drop to a shot when rookie Shanshan Feng the first exempt player from China to play on the LPGA Tour pushed her with five birdies through the first 11 holes. But Feng fell back with three straight bogeys down the stretch.
South Korea's Eun-Hee Ji, second to Creamer after each of the first three rounds, shot a 72 and was third at 271. Feng had a 69 for a total of 272, followed by Karrie Webb who shot a 70 and was at 273.
SCOTTISH OPEN: At Luss, Scotland, Graeme McDowell won the Scottish Open with three straight birdies on the back nine for a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke victory.
Phil Mickelson had a 73 and finished 11 shots off the lead in a tie for 38th.
McDowell trailed Simon Khan by two shots until Khan double bogeyed the 12th. McDowell then birdied the next three holes to move ahead and went on to win with a total of 13-under 271 at Loch Lomond.
James Kingston (66) finished second. Richard Green and Miguel-Angel Jimenez shot 69s to tie for third at 274. Khan had a 72 to finish fifth, another stroke back, but secured a spot for the British Open that starts Thursday at Royal Birkdale.
Ernie Els (69) tied for ninth.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: At Bridgeport, W.Va., Rick Price defeated Chris Anderson on the second playoff hole of the Nationwide Tour Players Cup on Sunday and earned his PGA Tour card for next season.
The 40-year-old Price collected $180,000, the richest paycheck in the Nationwide Tour's 19-year history and, guaranteed himself a spot among the top-25 money winners on the circuit who will earn PGA Tour cards for 2009.
"This means a lot. It means I get an opportunity to play on the best Tour in the world with the best players," said Price, who has been to PGA Q-school 19 times since turning pro in 1987. "The bottom line it's a dream come true for me."
Price, the first- and third-round leader, squandered a one-shot lead on the final hole, making bogey to close out regulation play at the Pete Dye Golf Club. His even-par 72 left him with a score of 15-under 273.
Anderson made a par putt from 7 feet on the 72nd hole to join Price in the first playoff of the tournament's five-year history.
When Anderson missed his bogey attempt on the second playoff hole, Price had earned his second career title.
He jumped him from No. 46 to No. 3 on the money list with $249,283.
CELEBRITY CHAMPIONSHIP: At Stateline, Nev., Rick Rhoden birdied the last two holes Sunday to win a record seventh American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, edging four-time champ Dan Quinn on the shores of Lake Tahoe where they've been rivals for 18 years.
Rhoden dropped a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to shoot a 2-under-par 70 and total 68 points in the modified Stableford scoring system, one ahead of Quinn and four ahead of Tony Romo and Grant Fuhr at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Quinn, a former hockey player, had birdied the 16th and 17th and made an impressive recovery shot from the beach over the trees to the 18th but had to settle for par, opening the door for Rhoden's victory.
The former all-star pitcher had three birdies and one bogey to claim his first victory here since 2003.