La Quinta, Calif. Kenny Perry shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to go to 14 under and take the second-round lead 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.
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.
Four courses are used for the Hope, with the players alternating daily. The first four days are a pro-am, then the field is trimmed to the 70 low-scoring pros and ties for Sunday's final round at PGA West.