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Perry, 4 others share lead in San Antonio
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenny Perry managed a 1-under 71 in the second round Saturday and he dropped into a 5-way tie for the lead after two rounds of the AT&T Championship.
Perry, who led by one after the opening round, was joined at 8-under-par 136 by Bernhard Langer (69), Colin Montgomerie (68), Anders Forsbrand (69) and Mike Goodes (63).
Kirk Triplett (67) and Scott Dunlap (68), who is making his Champions Tour debut, share sixth place at minus-7.
Fred Funk, the 2006 winner, posted his second straight 69 to end two rounds at 6-under 138. He was joined there by Mark O'Meara (68), Russ Cochran (70) and Bobby Clampett (68) on the AT&T Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio.
Perry had an up and down round. He birdied the second, but gave that shot back with a bogey on the fourth. Perry moved to 9-under with birdies at six and eight.
He was alone in the lead at that point, but a bogey on No. 9 and a birdie at the 12th by Funk gave Funk the solo lead. Perry dropped to minus-7 as he failed to save par from a bunker at the 11th. Funk double-bogeyed the 14th and dropped another stroke at 17 to fall into a share of eighth.
Perry bounced back with birdies on the two back-nine par-5s, Nos. 12 and 15. Both times he chipped inside three feet and kicked in the birdie putts. After a pair of pars, Perry found a fairway bunker at the last.
His second came up well short in the rough, then his third rolled over the green. Perry got up and down for bogey, but that dropped him into a share of the lead.
Langer, who leads the money list, but trails Perry in the Charles Schwab Cup race, carded back-to-back birdies at two and three. He tripped to a bogey on the sixth, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 8.
Last year's runner-up birdied the 15th to gain a share of the lead. Langer ended there as he parred the final three holes.
"You've got to be patient at this game. Sometimes you get good breaks and sometimes you get bad breaks, and sometimes you go for too much and pay the price if you don't pull it off," Langer said. "And other times you're patient and pull it off. There was so many great players out here, there's nothing I can do about how they play."
Montgomerie had a slow, but steady climb up the leaderboard. He carded three birdies over the first 12 holes before stumbling to a bogey at 15. Montgomerie closed in style as he birdied the final two holes to end at minus-8.
Forsbrand, who is battling to get inside the top 30 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list to get into next week's event, had two birdies and a bogey in the first six holes.
The Swede parred six in a row from the seventh. Forsbrand converted a birdie try at 13, but faltered to a double-bogey on the 14th. He bounced back with birdies on the next three holes to jump to 8-under. Forsbrand parred the last for his share of the lead.
Goodes, the winner of the 2009 Allianz Championship, started with three straight birdies from the first. After pars on the next three holes, Goodes birdied five of the next six holes to soar to minus-7. He birdied the 15th, then parred the next three to be the first one in the clubhouse at 8-under.
"I played pretty well yesterday, but this is not an easy golf course. I made two bad swings yesterday, well, maybe three or four. Anyway, I've been playing pretty solid, maybe not 63, but I've been expecting to have a pretty good round sometime," Goodes stated. "I shot a 66 at Rock Barn in the first round last week. So, I've been playing pretty good. Obviously, this was a really good round."
NOTES: Five players sharing the 36-hole lead is the most since eight topped the leaderboard at the 2006 Senior Players Championship ... Goodes matched his career low round on the Champions Tour ... Dunlap and Jose Coceres (plus-3) are making their Champions Tour debuts ... Defending champion David Frost is tied for 53rd at plus-2.
10/26 19:59:01 ET
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