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Perry, Campbell lead but Tiger toils

KENNY Perry birdied the last hole to tie fellow American Chad Campbell at nine-under and share a one-stroke lead on Friday after two rounds of the US Masters.

Perry almost holed his approach at the 18th before sinking a three-footer to complete a five-under 67 for 135.

Campbell, who led by one stroke overnight on 65, opened a five-shot advantage with four birdies on the first 10 holes before bogeying the 11th, 12th and 17th as gusty winds blew through Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia.

He then drained a 20-foot birdie putt to end the round on a high and finish with a 70.

Argentina's Angel Cabrera, the 2007 US Open winner, also birdied the 18th to seal a second straight 68 for 136.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods, playing his first major since knee surgery in June, was unable to mount a charge.

Woods twice followed birdies with bogeys on the front nine and offset another birdie at the par-five 15th with a bogey at 18 where an eight-footer lipped out as he finished with a 72 and a 142 total, seven shots off the lead. "I need to play a little bit better than I did today," he said. "I need to sink some more putts."

The biggest 36-hole deficit four-time champion Woods has slashed here was six shots on way to his 2005 win.

American Todd Hamilton, the 2004 British Open winner, was in fourth spot after returning a 70 for 138, one shot better than South African Tim Clark.

Swirling winds

After perfect weather and a generous course set-up helped produce record scoring on Thursday, swirling winds challenged the players in the second round.

Perry, 48, bidding to become the oldest player to win a major, toured the 7,435-yard layout without a bogey.

"I've driven it beautifully," he said. "I think I hit 16 greens (in regulation) today."

Campbell, 34, held the halfway lead in 2006 before ending 75-71 to tie for third.

Greens were receptive and good scores were available.

American Anthony Kim set a Masters record with 11 birdies, but also had two bogeys and a double-bogey in a 65 that earned a 140 aggregate.

Joining Kim at four-under were compatriot Jim Furyk (74), Sergio Garcia of Spain (67), Japan's Shingo Katayama (73), and Rory Sabbatini of South Africa (67).

The cut was set at one-over 145, eliminating Zach Johnson (150), the 2007 Masters winner, twice winner Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain (146), Australian Greg Norman (147) and South Africans Ernie Els (146) and Retief Goosen (146).


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