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Blake, Forsman Share Eighth Place at Midpoint of PGA Senior Championship

Longtime Kentucky pals Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry have shared a massive gallery the first two rounds of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. 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 and they tied for the best round Friday. They bonded in high school in Paducah, a three-hour drive from St. Louis, and when they play together for the third straight day Saturday the following is likely to grow. Utah Golf Hall of Famers Dan Forsman and Jay Don Blake are in a group of ten tied for eighth place. Forsman shot 69-71 and Blake shot 71-69. Par for the course is 71.Most senior tour events are 54-holes, but the Senior PGA Championship is 72-holes.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.” The 52-year-old Perry had five birdies in a bogey-free round, helped by a handful of 300-yard-plus drives. Though somewhat new to the Champions Tour, he has been impressed by the consistency. “They don’t back up out here,” Perry said. “You’ve got to keep your foot on the gas pedal, keep making birdies.” Defending champion Roger Chapman just made the cut at four over after a 74. Bernard Langer made a 12-stroke improvement from his opening 79 with a 67 and also was four over, rebounding from an opening round marred by consecutive triple bogeys.