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Perry and Campbell lead way as Tiger toils

KENNY Perry birdied the last hole to tie fellow American Chad Campbell for the lead at nine under par in the US Masters second round yesterday.

Perry almost holed his approach at the uphill 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 in the first 10 holes before bogeying the 11th, 12th and 17th as gusty winds blew through Augusta National.

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 successive 68 for 136.

World number one 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 told reporters. "I need to sink some more putts."

The biggest 36-hole deficit four-times champion Woods has overcome here was six strokes on his way to victory in 2005.

American Todd Hamilton, the 2004 British Open winner, was in fourth spot after returning a 70 for 138.

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.

"It's very difficult out there, really swirling. It seemed like I was able to choose the right club at the right time. I feel like I can win."

Campbell held the halfway lead at Augusta in 2006 before finishing 75-71 to tie for third.

"It's nice I've been in that position before," said the 34-year-old. "There's still a long way to go but it's nice to not be on foreign ground."

Greens were receptive and good scores were available.

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

Several players experienced drastic ups-and-downs.

Briton Sandy Lyle, the 1988 champion, bogeyed four holes in a row from the fourth before reeling off five successive birdies from the 13th for a 70 and 142.

"I knew after nine holes I had a bit of work to do as I was two over for the tournament," said the Scot.

Nineteen-year-old Briton Rory McIlroy jumped to four under with an eagle three at the 13th but double-bogeyed the 16th and triple-bogeyed 18 for a one-over 73 that put him on the projected cut line of 145.

Triple champion Gary Player and Fuzzy Zoeller, the last man to win the Masters on his debut in 1979, made their farewell appearances at the tournament.

South African Player, 73, carded an 83 for 161 while Zoeller, 57, posted a 76 for 155.

Zach Johnson, the 2007 winner, and Australian Greg Norman also missed out while South African Retief Goosen and Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain were on 146.


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