C. Campbell leads at Hope by four shots

Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Chad Campbell shot a 6-under par 66 Thursday to take a four-shot lead through two rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Campbell, who tied for second in Hawaii last week, remained bogey-free through 36 holes of the 90-hole Hope and was at 15-under 129.
Pat Perez had a wind-blown, waterlogged round and struggled to a 73 after an opening 60 and was tied for second with John Senden, who had a 63 to go to 11 under.
Despite winds gusting at times during the second day, Campbell managed to make six birdies at La Quinta Country Club, one of four courses used for the first four days of the tournament.
His birdies included putts of 25 and 20 feet.
Perez, whose 12-under round a day earlier was the lowest ever to start the traditionally low-scoring Hope, struggled much of the second round at the new Classic Club at Northstar. Playing in swirling winds, he was 4 over for the day before he birdied four of six holes beginning at No. 12.
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    "Looking back at it, taking a second the first week of the year after taking two months off, in hindsight it wasn't that bad of a week.
    "More than anything, I got confidence out of it."
    Campbell had an "entertaining" second day at the Hope. He was paired with singers Alice Cooper, Justin Timberlake and Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish.
    "It was a great group," Campbell said. "They hit some good shots and we just had a good time. The fans were great.
    "We had quite a few people out there watching. Everybody knows what's going on, so they are quiet whenever I'm hitting and then whenever the others are hitting or entertaining them (the fans), it can get loud at times."
    Perez was frustrated by his round over the new course, which plays to 7,305 yards.
    "Terrible, compared to yesterday. That's about it," Perez said. "I've played four rounds this year, three have been in the wind and I've shot over par every time."
    He said he didn't play that badly, but that the Classic Club is much different from the other three courses being used for the tournament. He shot his 60 at PGA West.
    "It's not even close to PGA West," Perez said of the new course. "And the wind tunnel, it howls here. The greens are hard. The course is brand new, so it's not responsive to spin or anything. It's just completely different."
    Asked if he will be able to put the round behind him, Perez smiled and said, "Oh, I can't wait to get to Bermuda Dunes tomorrow."
    David Duval, after shooting a first-round 69, ballooned to a 78, also at the Classic Club.
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