Chris Perry birdied the last two holes for a 3-under-par 68 on Friday and a share of the lead with Paul Azinger and Denis Watson halfway through the Buick Classic in Harrison, N.Y.
Perry, who is at 8-under 134 after 36 holes, is atop the halfway leaderboard for the second time in three weeks."They're thinking, `Perry? Oh, he hasn't won yet. We don't have to worry about him,"' the son of former major league pitcher Jim Perry said. "One of these days they won't be saying that," said Perry, not yet a winner in a seven-season PGA Tour career.
Azinger continued his mastery of the front nine in a round of 68. For the second day in a row he played the front in 31. For two days, Azinger now is 10-under par on the front and 2-over on the back. "Just coincidence," he said.
Watson, who has played infrequently in the last couple of years due to a variety of medical problems, scrambled out of trees and traps to a 67 and also finished birdie-birdie.
Lee Trevino shot eight birdies in an up-and-down round that included three bogeys to finish with a 67 and a two-day total of 7-under-par 137 to lead the Senior Players Championship.
Jenny Lidback bettered par for only the fifth time this year with a 3-under 68 and took a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Atlantic City Classic at Somers Point, N.J.