Cochran, Perry open 2-shot lead at Senior PGA

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 ST. LOUIS -- Longtime Kentucky pals Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry have shared a massive gallery the first two rounds of the Senior PGA Championship. Now, they also share the lead.

"It's been a great couple of days," Cochran said after the pair each shot 5-under 66 on Friday. "He's one of my best friends. We had a good time out there."

Cochran and Perry had matching 69s in the opening round, they tied for the best score in the second round and are the only players to break 70 both rounds. They bonded in high school in Paducah, a three-hour drive from St. Louis. When they play together for the third straight day Saturday as the final twosome, the following is likely to grow.

"It's been pretty neat for me to play alongside him for the last two days and for both of us to play tremendous," Perry said. "We play a lot together."

The relationship is tight enough that Perry can joke that at dinners Cochran is "like a woman" with non-stop patter.

"He's got more stories. He's hilarious. He's so fun to be around, and I'm always the guy listening," Perry said. "He controls everything when we're out."

On the course, Cochran admires Perry's control, rhythm and power.

"The only thing I have to watch out for is Kenny hits it a long way," Cochran said. "When someone hammers it you want to jump up and swing a little harder than you should.

"So, I try not to do that."

Japan's Kiyoshi Murota was two strokes back after a 70. Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf, tied for the lead after the first round, matched Loren Roberts at 4 under. Roberts had a 68, and Haas and Waldorf shot 72.

The 54-year-old Cochran tied for seventh in the 1992 PGA Championship at Bellerive won by Nick Price. Cochran was tied for second after two rounds before falling back with a 76.

The left-hander began play on the back nine and had five birdies in a span of six holes, peaking at 8 under before a bogey on No. 6. He was proudest of a birdie on perhaps the most challenging hole on the course, the 477-yard par 4 at No. 10 with a creek guarding the green, hitting a 5-iron approach to about 4 feet.

"I kind of felt like I hit the lottery a little bit," Cochran said. "Anytime you birdie that hole, you really feel like you've done something good."

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