SILVIS, Ill. Kenny Perry again sizzled following a sluggish start and was two strokes off the lead after the second round of the John Deere Classic on Friday.
Playing as well as anyone on the PGA Tour the past two months, the 47-year-old Perry birdied six of his final 10 holes while shooting 5-under 66. That put him in a three-way tie for second place at 11-under 131 with first-round co-leader Charlie Wi (67) and Eric Axley (66).
The strong finish wasn't enough to move past Will MacKenzie (64), who jumped to the top of the leaderboard earlier in the day and is 13-under, but it kept Perry in contention for his third victory in five starts.
Zach Johnson (68) seemed poised to jump into contention early on but tailed off, finishing at 5-under through two rounds.
First-round co-leader Ken Duke (72) fell seven strokes off the lead.
LPGA TOUR: At Sylvania, Ohio, picking up where she left off after a course-record 60, Paula Creamer shot a 6-under-par 65 to build a six-stroke lead through two rounds of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Chasing her third win this season on the LPGA Tour, Creamer shattered the tournament's 36-hole record by six shots. She stands at 17-under 125 the lowest two-round total on tour this year by five strokes.
Creamer had seven birdies and her only bogey of the tournament a day after she had 11 birdies including nine of the final 11 holes. Eun-Hee Ji shot a 66 and is at 11-under 131. No one else is within 10 shots of Creamer.
SCOTTISH OPEN: At Luss, Scotland, Phil Mickelson had a hole-in-one at the Scottish Open to make the cut and go into the weekend five strokes behind leader Angel Cabrera. After missing a succession of makable putts, Mickelson's 5-iron at his 14th hole, the 190-yard fifth, headed straight for the pin, landed 12 feet short, bounced once and rolled into the hole. Mickelson shot a 4-under-par 67 for the day and picked up one stroke on Cabrera, who had a 68 for a 9-under 133. He led by one over Damien McGrane of Ireland, who shot 66. A group of five were two shots back, including overnight leader Thongchai Jaidee, former Open champion Paul Lawrie and Thomas Bjorn, who won this event when it was first played at Loch Loomed in 1996. Simon Khan and Richard Green were also two back. Ernie Els also made progress, his seven birdies masking two bogeys and a weak finish in a 66.