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Birthday Boy Shoots 64 to Lead Buick Open

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Kenny Perry wont be at the forefront of Curtis Stranges mind when it comes time to make his captains selections for the upcoming Ryder Cup.
 
But youd be hard pressed to find many on that team who are playing better now than Perry.
 
With six top-20 finishes in his last seven starts, Perry is steadily moving up the money list and back into winning form.
 
Perry celebrated his 41st birthday Friday by shooting an 8-under-par 64 to take the 36-hole lead at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.
 
Thats about as good as I can play, said Perry. I didnt leave much out there.
 
Perry stands at 14-under-par 130, three shots clear of Jim Furyk (69), Bob Tway (65) and Brett Quigley (65).
 
Furyk shared the first-round lead after shooting 64. His fellow co-leader, Brian Henninger, fell into a tie for 10th following a 1-under 71.
 
After earning his first top-10 of the season at the Byron Nelson, Perry finished tied for 7th at both the Memorial Tournament and the Canon Greater Hartford Open.
 
Two starts later, Perry opened in 66-63 to take a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Greater Milwaukee Open. However, he closed in 71-70 to tie for fifth.
 
Friday, Perry followed his wifes advice.
 
She told me to go out and give myself a nice birthday present, said Perry, who is seeking his first PGA Tour victory since the 1995 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
 
Hubby listened.
 
Perry birdied his first three holes, then told his caddie: The game is on.
 
Perry went on to shoot 6-under 29 on the outward half, including birdies over his final three holes.
 
You dont expect to birdie 8 and 9, and when I birdied 7, 8 and 9, I started thinking about some crazy score. I started thinking about (shooting) 59, he said.
 
Unfortunately, Perrys momentum subsided on the back nine as the pace of play began to slow.
 
He made birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, but an errant tee shot on the par-4 18th led to his lone bogey of the round.
 
While Perry wont be making the trip to The Belfry for the Ryder Cup Matches, Furyk is a definite possibility.
 
In fact, he can sew up a spot this week.
 
Currently 11th in the U.S. standings, Furyk played steadily on Friday, carding four birdies and one bogey.
 
Five players are tied for fifth place at 10-under, including European Ryder Cup lock, Padraig Harrington (67).
 
Phil Mickelson is among a large group of players at 9-under after shooting 70.
 
Full-field scores from the Buick Open

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