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Annikas Exit Leaves Stage to Forsman Perry

FT. WORTH, Texas -- And now back to our regularly scheduled programming
Annika Sorenstam is gone after a week of the biggest hubbub ever in this town of Fort Worth. And now commences play at the Bank of America Colonial, where we find a golf tournament in progress. Tied for the lead at 134, 8-under par, are Kenny Perry and Dan Forsman. A stroke behind at 7-under par is Jim Furyk.
Its always good to be in the lead here, said Perry. Because this is not a catch-up kind of golf course. Its the kind of golf course you get out there, you kind of hang on.
So Im just going to kind of set up for the golf course the way I played today. Play very position-oriented and hopefully hit greens, and hopefully the putter will stay alive and I keep making some putts.
Perry fired a 6-under 64 Friday after shooting 1-under in the opening round Thursday. Forsman backed up a Thursday 4-under 66 with another 66 Friday.
The golf course, though, is pretty much of a pussycat, compared to the roaring lion that it often is in May. Steady rains for two days left the course a little wet, and the winds have not blown to their accustomed strength.
Today, I dont even call it a wind, said Furyk, who shot a 5-under 65. It was more of a breeze ' for Fort Worth. But the golf course was still very soft. The trouble when the course is firm and fast, its real easy to hit it through the greens. Youre always protecting from going over the green.
Perry had missed the cut last week at the Byron Nelson before turning it around in a big way here.
Last week was a week where I dont know what the deal was, he said. I just couldnt concentrate, for some reason. I just wasnt ready to play last week.
And then when you come back to a place where youve played well, I just had some good vibes coming into this week. I had a nice weekend. I didnt do much on the weekend. I stayed in Dallas, I didnt go back home. And I just relaxed and just tried to get my head together for this week, because I really enjoy playing this golf course.
One player who came back after an extended struggle is Swede Jesper Parnevik. Parnevik has been a mystery since last season with his baffling play, after making the past two Ryder Cup teams. But he stands at 6-under after rounds of 66-68.
Im very pleased with the way I played, said Parnevik. Ive struggled early on this year, but its felt like its been on the way for a long time. But this is the first time its showed, and its nice to have a couple of good scores under my belt.
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