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Perry, Hoch lead way in two-man tourney

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NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Kenny Perry had eight birdies and an eagle and partner Scott Hoch finished with a 12-under 60 in the better-ball format at the second round of the Merrill Lynch Shootout on Saturday.

They hold a four-shot lead over J.B. Holmes and Boo Weekley at the Tiburon Golf Club.

"I don't think I've ridden a horse that hard in a long time, and he just kept on galloping," said Hoch, who admitted his left wrist has been bothering him.

"If I have to drag him across the finish line, I will," Perry said.

The two teams were tied until Perry and Hoch birdied No. 16, Perry made an 8-footer for eagle on No. 17, and 10-footer for birdie on No. 18. Perry hit a 5-iron from 220 yards on No. 17, and a gap wedge from 115 yards on No. 18.

"It's fun to watch Kenny play right now," Hoch said. "He's really playing well. I just feel fortunate enough to help him on a few holes."

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger and Rocco Mediate, the U.S. Open runner-up, tied the second-best round of the day with a 62 and are at 135.

Holmes and Weekley, who both played with Perry on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, made one birdie and four pars in the last five holes.

First-round leaders Nick Price and Jeff Sluman are third at 14-under 130 after a 66.