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Perry winning FBR mind games

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kenny Perry admitted after his second-round 63 at the FBR Open on Friday that he's sometimes taken aback by the Animal House atmosphere at TPC Scottsdale.
"Yeah, it does bother me," said the three-time winner last year. "When you've never had that in the history of your career, and now all of a sudden one week you've got to -- I've been out here 23 years. I've got a lot of skeletons up in my head, and you just -- I've experienced all the shots. I shanked a pitching wedge the first hole this year at [the Mercedes Championship at] Kapalua right out of the gate, right out of bounds. You try to fight the demons and then you get them thrown at you."
Perry, who turns 50 in a year and a half but said recently his goal is to reach 20 victories on Tour (he's at 12), nevertheless has run into no major scoring issues on the rowdy, par-3 16th hole. In fact he's thrived on it. He's gone birdie, par so far this week, and has a history of 2s here.

"I'm 12 or 13 under for 73 holes," Perry said. "I was watching the broadcast [Thursday] night and they said I've played that hole better than anybody."

One other note on Perry's mental game: He ate at P.F. Chang's on Thursday night and when he pushed away from the table he said, "That meal was so good I'll probably shoot 63 tomorrow.

"That's the exact words out of my mouth," he said Friday afternoon. "And I go shoot it. So what does that tell you? It tells you how strong the mind is."

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by Kevin Cunningham