Perry shot an 8-under-par 63 to take sole possession of the lead in the Greater Milwaukee Open. At 13-under-par 129, Perry is three shots clear of Chris Smith (66).
Thats the good news. The bad news is the last time Perry came close to going this low, he followed it up with a 77.
Brent Geiberger (68), Craig Spence (65) and Shigeki Maruyama are tied for third place at 9-under-par. Overnight leader Jay Haas fell into a tie for 11th place at 7-under, following an even-par 71.
This is the first time since 1995 that Perry has led through 36 holes of a PGA Tour event. Coincidentally, that was also the year of his last victory, the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
But it was in 1996 that Perry gained his biggest bit of fame ' or infamy.
Five years ago, Perry nearly won the PGA Championship, contested at Valhalla Golf Club in his home state of Kentucky,
Perry shot 34 on the front side Sunday to take a slim lead; however, he bogeyed the final hole to enter the clubhouse at 11-under-par 277.
Then, instead of going to the range to prepare for a possible playoff, Perry joined television announcers for commentary. He watched as Brooks forced sudden death with a birdie on the 72nd hole.
In the extra session, a less-than-limber Perry took four shots to reach the green and eventually lost to Brooks on the 73rd hole.
Friday, Perry started with a pair of birdies over his first two holes. Starting on the back nine, he came home in just 31 strokes.
The cutline fell at 1-under-par 141. Eighty-eight players qualified for weekend play, including defending champion Loren Roberts. Roberts followed an opening 74 with a second-round 67 to make the cut on the number.
Full-field scores from the Greater Milwaukee Open