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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte for a share of the Pebble Beach Invitational lead with fellow Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett.

Triplett had a 69 at Del Monte to match Cochran at 9-under 135 in the tournament that features 81 players from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and tours.

John Mallinger, the 2010 winner, was a stroke back after a 69 at Spyglass Hill.

Triplett had one bogey and four birdies, including 15-footer on the ninth, his final hole of the round.

``I putted well and drove the ball into the fairway most of the day,'' said Triplett, who claimed his first Champions Tour title in July at Pebble Beach. ``That's what you have to do at Del Monte to play well.''

Cochran, the 2009 Champions Tour rookie of the year who had three top-10 finishes this season, had five birdies and began his round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole.

William McGirt and Robert Streb were 7 under. McGirt had a 71 at Spyglass, and Streb shot a 68 at Pebble Beach, the site of the final round Sunday.

Scott Stallings, the first-round leader after a 64 at Del Monte, had a 74 at Spyglass to drop into a group at 6 under with Tommy Gainey, Bryce Molder and Mark Brown.

``I am very glad to be done,'' said Stallings, who won the True South Classic in Mississippi in July for his second PGA Tour victory. ``I knew how the play the course, but the greens were super soft and mushy with the foot traffic. I had a few three putts and short-sided myself a few times and wasn't able to get up and down.''

Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam was 5 under after a 69 at Spyglass.

The Associated Press News Service

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