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Sernior PGA: Kenny Perry claims share of lead in Minnesota

By The Sports Xchange
Kenny Perry holds the early lead at the 3M Championship. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/81db67c745e9387e78dcf128ba94d5cf/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Kenny Perry holds the early lead at the 3M Championship. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Kenny Perry put his best foot forward on Friday in his bid to win his third 3M Championship.

Perry recorded six consecutive birdies and added another to finish 7-under-par 65 and claim a share of the lead at the PGA Tour Champions event in Blaine, Minn.

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Perry, who won the tournament in 2014 and 2015, is tied with Mike Goodes at TPC Twin Cities.

The duo holds a one-stroke lead over Scott Verplank, Marco Dawson, Gene Sauers and Jay Haas. Steve Flesch, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and Brandt Jobe sat another stroke back.

Perry answered a 7-under 29 on the front nine with a bogey on the 17th hole. He rebounded from his small setback with an easy birdie putt on the 18th to forge a tie with Goodes.

Goodes collected seven birdies to put himself in position for his best finish of the year. The 60-year-old hasn't ended a tournament better than 15th place.

Verplank recorded five consecutive birdies to highlight his round before a bogey on the par-3 13th prevented him from joining Perry and Goodes atop the leaderboard.

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Senior tour leader Bernhard Langer, who has won four of his first 13 starts in 2017, shot a 69.

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