GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- It will be hard for Kenny Perry to top the birthday present he gave himself Friday.
The 41-year-old player tied the tournament nine-hole record en route to an 8-under 64 and a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Buick Open.
When Perry talked to his wife, Sandy, on the phone Thursday night, she said, "Go out and give yourself a good birthday present."
Perry made seven birdies in a front-nine 29 to tie the Buick Open's nine-hole record. Six other players have had 29s, but Trevor Dodds was the only one do it on the front nine.
"When I birdied 7, 8 and 9," Perry said, "I started thinking crazy numbers. I started thinking 58 and 59."
Perry missed birdies by inches on Nos. 10 and 11. If Perry would have birdied the 18th, which he bogeyed, he would've tied the tournament's 18-hole and 36-hole records.
"I'm not complaining," he said. "That's about as good as I can play."
He had a 14-under 130 total on the Warwick Hills course.
Jim Furyk, who shared the first-round lead with Brian Henninger, shot a 69 to join Brett Quigley (65) and Bob Tway (65) at 133. John Cook (68), Padraig Harrington (67), Jonathan Kaye (67), Ian Leggatt (68) and Craig Perks (68) were four back.
"I have myself in good position for the weekend," Furyk said.
Phil Mickelson and Henninger topped a large group at 9 under.
"It was a little disappointing not to have scored a little bit lower because the course was susceptible to birdies," said Mickelson, No. 2 in the world rankings. "I didn't play poorly. I played well, I didn't score well."
Perry, a regular on the tour since 1987, has not won a tournament since the 1995 Bob Hope Classic, his third career win.
"For a couple years, I was just making my card and keeping my job," Perry said. "But I wasn't quite getting to the top."
Perry tied for 11th at The International last week and tied for fifth at his previous outing, the Greater Milwaukee Open, where he shot a second-round 63. He has been among the top 11 in four of his last seven tournaments, and is 40th on the money list.
Furyk, 11th on the Ryder Cup points list, is seeking his third berth on the U.S. team.
The top 10 on the points list after next week's PGA Championship will automatically make the team, and captain Curtis Strange will add two other players.
Furyk's only win this season was at the Mercedes Championship on Jan. 14. After missing the cut in the British Open last month, he gave his sore right wrist a break.
Tway is playing his best golf in months. Since Robert Allenby beat him in a playoff in the Nissan Open in February, his best finish has been a tie for 23rd. He has seven career victories, but like Perry, he hasn't won a tournament since 1995.
Tway and Quigley played together in the first two rounds and will be paired again in the next-to-last group Saturday. Brian Gay, who also was in their early group, shot a 67 and is 7 under.
"When a lot of birdies are being made in your group, it kind of pulls you along," Tway said. "All three of us were playing great golf and that helps make the day go better."
Quigley's score could have been even better, but he lipped out an 8-inch putt and bogeyed No. 1.
"I made a 50-footer and I missed a putt from 8 inches," Quigley said. "I wish I could cut that 50-footer into a whole lot of 8-inchers."
Divots: U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, in his first start as a member of the PGA Tour, shot a 71 Friday and missed the cut by one stroke with a 3-under 141. ... Heath Slocum, in his first PGA event, was 6 under Friday and made the cut at 5 under. ... Four golfers in the top 10 of the Ryder Cup points list didn't make the cut: Mark Calcavecchia (5), Hal Sutton (6), Tom Lehman (9) and Joe Durant (10).
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