Perry, Triplett lead with record 11 un­der

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

PEABODY, Mass. — Kenny Perry’s three-stroke deficit after the first day of the U.S. Se­nior Open had turned to six by the time he teed off in the sec­ond round Fri­day.

Two holes later, Perry had fallen be­hind leader Kirk Triplett by eight strokes.

“I guess I was too anx­ious, too amped up. I was think­ing, ‘Oh my good­ness, I’m not go­ing to break 80 to­day,’ ” he said after shoot­ing a 6-un­der 64 to tie Triplett for the lead at a record 11 un­der at once-fear­some, but sud­denly for­giv­ing Salem Coun­try Club.

“I just started think­ing, I’ve got to fig­ure out a way to set­tle my­self down,” Perry said. “Most of the time, you take off poorly, you stay in that funk. I just didn’t need to let two holes de­ter­mine the out­come of my tour­na­ment.”

Triplett fol­lowed his open­ing 62 with a 67 in the morn­ing, and then Perry hit a bad drive on each of the first two holes. But he birdied four of the last five holes on the front nine and shot 31 on the back, miss­ing a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18 just mo­ments be­fore the horn sounded to clear the course be­cause of an ap­proach­ing storm.

The 36-hole to­tal of 129 was one stroke bet­ter than the record set by Michael Allen in 2013 in Omaha, Neb. Perry won that year.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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