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His dream week at Valhalla will be his final Ryder Cup appearance, Kenny Perry said. (How/Getty Images)

Perry comes through, gets redemption at Valhalla

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After dedicating his entire season to making the Ryder Cup team, Kenny Perry put together a memorable, and even career-defining, week. He also erased the bad memories of his biggest defeat ever at Valhalla in 1996.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kenny Perry's career defining performance will also be his final one in Ryder Cup play.

With the Franklin, Ky., player working in front of a gallery packed with friends and family -- including his 84-year-old father, Ken Sr., in his trademark overalls -- Perry beat Henrik Stenson 3 and 2 in singles, giving him a 2-1-1 record in what he called one of the most memorable weeks of his life.

It was redemption of sorts for Perry, who blew a two-shot lead on the 18th during the final round of the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla and said for years the course owed him one. He rededicated himself this year to make the team, winning three times to earn a spot at age 48.

"I said this was going to define my career, but you know what, it made my career," Perry said.

Perry made sure the 18th wouldn't come into play this time. He birdied four straight holes to take a 3-up lead after five holes and never let Stenson get closer than two the rest of the way.

The performance will be Perry's final one at the Ryder Cup. Don't look for him in Wales in 2010.

"I want to go out on top," he said.