Originally created 01/23/04

Golf Capsules

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Kenny Perry shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take the lead at 14 under in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Phil Mickelson, playing his first tournament of the year after a disappointing 2003 season, had another good round, a 63 that left him one shot behind Perry after two rounds.

Mickelson was the 2002 Hope champion, and Perry took the title in 1995 in the 90-hole event.

Kirk Triplett had a 65 and Skip Kendall a 68 and were tied with Mickelson at 13-under 131.

Perry, 43, is coming off his best year, with three victories, 11 finishes in the top 10, and $4.4 million to rank sixth on the earnings list.

Dunhill Championship

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Denmark's Anders Hansen, Scotland's Alan McLean and Germany's Marcel Siem shot 7-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the Dunhill Championship.

France's Raphael Jacquelin, Denmark's Soren Hansen and France's Gregory Havret opened with 66, and England's Lee Westwood shot a 68. South Africa's Trevor Immelman, the South African Open winner last week, opened with a 70.


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