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August 5 2010

6:49 PM

Perry prospers in soft conditions

Kenny Perry has never had a lot of success at Firestone Country Club. On Thursday, though, he matched his low round of 66, shot three times previously, and was tied with Phil Mickelson for second, two strokes behind Bubba Watson

Perry expects the scores to be lower overall on Thursday due to heavy overnight rains that softened fairways on the South Course and made the greens more receptive.

"Normally the greens are very fast, very firm, and we've got narrow fairways out there, so the ball was plugging in the fairways," Perry said. "I had mud on my golf ball quite a few shots."

As an example, Perry mentioned the drive he pulled on the fourth hole. The fairway slopes hard to the left but the ball stayed in the short grass.

"In the past that would have always gone in the left rough," Perry said. ".. The ball stayed in the left side of the fairway. We got lucky there. I guess if you got it somewhere in the fairway, it's going to stay in the fairway."

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