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Perry, Furyk, Quigley, share second-round lead at Buick Open

GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Brett Quigley held a two-shot lead at the Buick Open just after the turn and his mind drifted to an easy stretch of Warwick Hills.

A couple holes later, a huge oak tree taught him a lesson.

Quigley scrambled to save par at No. 13 -- the second-easiest
hole -- and that contributed to him losing the lead Friday and
finishing the second round in a three-way tie with Jim Furyk and
Kenny Perry at 10-under 134.

"I tried to force the issue," Quigley acknowledged. "I knew
if I could make four or five birdies, I might have a pretty good
lead. As a result, I started thinking about results instead of
staying in my process and got ahead of myself and came back to the
field."

Quigley (69) and Furyk (68) had solid rounds after starting the
day among the leaders while Perry's 9-under 63 lifted him from a
tie for 73rd.

First-round leader Rocco Mediate (71), Scott Verplank (69) and
Brian Bateman (70) will start the weekend only one shot behind the
leaders, a negligible difference on a course ripe for low scores.

Perry was the latest golfer to prove that.

The 2001 Buick Open champion birdied five of his first seven
holes, one-putted his first eight and was 10 under through 17
holes. He pulled his final tee shot, forcing him to chip onto the
fairway and missed a 17-foot par putt to fall into a tie with Furyk
and Quigley.

Perry matched his low round of the season. His last 63 closed
the Memorial earlier this month, helping him finish third for his
only top-10 finish since 2005. He was a season-best 11th last year
at the Buick Open.

Perry's wife went to the hospital Wednesday because of food
poisoning and on Thursday, he plunked two fans -- shattering a
woman's nose and hitting a man's shoulder.

"I don't know what to make of it," he said. "It's been an
interesting week so far."

Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh are not playing the Buick Open for
the first time since 2001, giving more players a shot at a $882,000
check.

Woods (with his wife and baby) and Singh (resting a sore elbow)
have combined to win four of the previous five tournaments about 60
miles north of Detroit.

Furyk is the only player to break the stars' dominance at
Warwick Hills, winning in 2003. He is shooting for his first
victory of the year, 13th of his career. He has shot in the 60s in
eight straight rounds at the Buick Open, matching Woods' tournament
record, and 35 straight sub-par rounds.

Quigley hasn't finished better than second on the PGA Tour. He
was the second-round leader at the Buick Open last year, one shot
ahead of Woods, before finishing seventh.

Perry won twice in 2005, but has had to wait to win No. 10 on
the PGA Tour.

Quigley was 4 under through 10 holes, giving him a two-shot lead
over Furyk, before a lackluster finish ruined his chance to enter
the weekend with a cushion.

Following a long delay at the 13th tee -- where Quigley cracked
up players and caddies -- his drive to the right landed behind a
tree. Quigley summoned a rules official, who said he could not have
relief.

"My ball was on a wire that prevents lightning from killing the
tree, but our rules are that the wire is part of the tree," he
said.
Quigley thought about hitting onto an adjacent hole and back to
the 13th green, but chose to chip into the fairway -- putting him
just 5 yards closer to the pin -- and ended up two-putting from 24
feet.

He bogeyed No. 16, which is among the easier holes on one of the
PGA Tour's most vulnerable courses.

At a tournament where the past two winners -- Woods and Singh --
finished 24 under, Quigley said everyone in contention has the same
mind-set.

"It doesn't matter if you're leading or not, you have to shoot
probably 10 or 12 under on the weekend to have a chance," he said.

The cut was 3-under 141 and among those that didn't make it
were: Charles Howell III, sixth in FedEx Cup points, and Trevor Immelman, 17th in the world golf ranking.