American Gary Woodland blazed his way to a stunning 11-under-par 61 to share the halfway lead in the CIMB Classic on 14-under-par with Marc Leishman of Australia, who himself had a superb round of 62.
Making full use of the overcast weather and early rain which produced excellent scoring conditions at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s West Course, the two 34-year-olds both broke the course record of 63 set in yesterday’s first round by American Bronson Burgoon. Woodland’s 61 also matched the tournament low score by Justin Thomas in 2015, which did not count as a course record due to the preferred lies ruling in place.
“The golf course is phenomenal … they did an unbelievable job, it’s in perfect shape,” said Woodland, who has two second-place finishes in the CIMB Classic (2013 and 2014). “Today, I just played solid just like I did yesterday … I just made more putts. Hit the ball in the fairway. andI think I hit 17 greens, which obviously is a big deal.
“This golf course suits up pretty good for me … I’ve had success here in the past. It’s nice to be back and playing well,” added the three-time PGA Tour winner.
Like Woodland, Leishman is gunning for his fourth PGA Tour title. The big Australian noted that he was a kot happier wth hs gametoday.
“I it it a lot better today … well, the driver especially. It was pretty ugly yesterday, but got away with it. Worked out what I was doing on the range this morning and, yeah, 62 was a result. It was nice to hit it the way I did and then make some putts as well,” said Leishman.
“A lot of good players at the top of the leaderboard. You’re going to have to play extremely well to have a chance to win. Hopefully, I can just keep doing what I’m doing and shoot two more low rounds and see where we end up,” he concluded.
Current Asian Tour Habitat For Humanity standings leader Shubhankar Sharma of India shot a solid 64 to move up into joint third place on 13-under-par with English stalwart Paul Casey.
Malaysia’s Ben Leong added a 70 to his opening 68 and is within the top-30 on six-under-par. Compatriot Jeremiah Kim Leun Kwang continued to struggle and dropped down the standings after a second successive 76, occupying the wrong end of the leaderboard on eight-over-par.
Round 2 Scores (Top 10 and ties)
130 (-14) – Gary Woodland 69-61, Marc Leishman 68-62
131 (-13) – Shubhankar Sharma 67-64, Paul Casey 66-65
132 (-12) – Austin Cook 64-68, Bronson Burgoon 63-69, Scott Piercy 65-67
133 (-11) – Nick Watney 66-67, Kevin Chappell 66-67
134 (-10) – J.B. Holmes 67-67, Joel Dahmen 66-68, Emiliano Grillo 66-68, Billy Horschel 65-69, Louis Oosthuizen 66-68