Perry's birdies on last 2 holes give him share of Buick lead


HARRISON, N.Y. -- Chris Perry birdied the last two holes for a 3-under-par 68 yesterday and a share of the lead with Paul Azinger and Denis Watson halfway through the Buick Classic.

Perry, at 8-under 134 after 36 holes, is atop the halfway leader board for the second time in three weeks.

"They're thinking, 'Perry? Oh, he hasn't won yet. We don't have to worry about him,' " the son of former major-league pitcher Jim Perry said.

"One of these days they won't be saying that," said Perry, not yet a winner in a seven-season PGA Tour career.

"If I keep getting in position, it's going to happen sooner or later," he said. "Maybe this week. Maybe next week. Maybe a year from now.

"But it'll happen."

Azinger continued his mastery of the front nine on the Westchester Country club course in a round of 68. For the second day in a row, he played the front in 31.

For two days, Azinger is 10-under par on the front and 2-over par on the back.

"Just coincidence," he said.

Watson, who has played infrequently in the last couple of years due to a variety of medical problems, scrambled out of trees and traps to a 67 and also finished birdie-birdie.

"This is kind of exciting for me," said Watson, who collected three victories in 1984 but hasn't won since.

"I've been through some frustrating times," said Watson, who is in the rehabilitation process after surgery to the right wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Hale Irwin, the defending champion here as well as in next week's U.S. Open, remained near in touch with the lead at 136.

Senior Players

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Lee Trevino, gunning for his third victory of the year, shot a 5-under-par 67 for a two-round total of 137 and a two-stroke lead over Bobby Nichols and Dave Hill.

Last year, Trevino finished 21-under when the $1 million tournament was played at nearby Dearborn County Club but still finished six strokes behind Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus, who designed the new 6,876-yard TPC of Michigan layout, recovered from an opening-round 77 with a 2-under 70, but still trailed Trevino by 10 shots.

Trevino started the second round four strokes behind first-round leader Jim Albus, and got to 7-under with a round of eight birdies and three bogeys on the par-72 layout.

Albus, a club pro from Long Island, followed his first-round 66 with a 2-over 74 to fall into a four-way tie for third with Charles Coody, Mike Hill and Bob Charles.

Miller Barber matched Trevino's second-round 67 but was far back in the pack at 1-under 143.

LPGA Atlantic City

SOMERS POINT, N.J. -- Jenny Lidback bettered par for only the fifth time this year with a 3-under 68 and took a one-stroke lead after the first round.

Lidback had five birdies and two bogeys in recording her first score under 70 in 41 rounds this year.

Amy Alcott, who will join the LPGA Hall of Fame with her next victory, was at 69 along with Judy Dickinson and Caroline Pierce, who like Lidback has never won an LPGA event.

Laura Baugh, who is still looking for her first victory after joining the tour in 1973, was at 70, tied with Cindy Schreyer.

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