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Danny Lee surprisingly lurking at the CIMB 10-31-2014
Danny Lee
Danny Lee has turned in a pair of 3-under-par 35-34=69s to open the CIMB Classic. Lee hasn't had a top-15 finish since early March. In that same 21-event drought, he's logged only two top 30s, so chalk him up as one of the more thankful beneficiaries of the no-cut, money-and-points grab in Malaysia. He's buried 10 birdies against two bogeys and a double.
Na shakes off last two weeks in Kuala Lumpur 10-31-2014
Kevin Na
Kevin reached the halfway point of the CIMB Classic in 7-under-par 69-68=137, coming to rest three shots off the 36-hole lead. After an illness forced him to withdraw in Vegas and he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard in South Korea last week, Na arrived in Malaysia as a wild card. Fortunately, as he's known to do, he's regained form quickly, holing 11 birdies against four bogeys at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
Streelman goes bogey-free in the second round 10-31-2014
Kevin Streelman
Kevin Streelman signed for another 4-under-par 68 in the second round of the CIMB Classic, but this time he went bogey-free. After exchanging six birdies with two bogeys on Thursday, Streelman picked off four birdies today, three of which on the par 5s. At 8-under 136, he sits alone in second place, two back of 36-hole leader Billy Hurley III. The top of the leaderboard is full of solid fantasy value and there is some international talent poised to strike, but there isn't much separation just yet. The top nine golfers are all within three strokes entering the weekend.
Blixt holes another six birdies in Malaysia 10-31-2014
Jonas Blixt enjoyed his 69 on Thursday at the CIMB Classic, he turn in another in the second round. Blixt squared three bogeys today, but he circled six birdies for the second consecutive day. He's played the par 5s in bogey-free 6-under with six birdies, but has parred the par-5 18th hole twice. At 6-under 138, he's four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Lee Westwood's bogey-free 65 includes an ace 10-31-2014
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood toured Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of the CIMB Classic. The Brit opened with an even-par 72, so he needed to put it into high gear if he was going to make a run at the title. He opened birdie-birdie at Nos. 1 and 2, and then added a third at the par-3 eighth from short range. At the next par 3 -- the 225-yard 11th -- Westwood wielded a hybrid and holed the tee ball for an ace. After waiting out the weather delay, he closed birdie-par-birdie and sits just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Sergio Garcia takes it one deeper on Friday 10-31-2014
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia followed his opening 69 at the CIMB Classic with a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's second round to post 7-under 137 at the midpoint. The Spaniard converted six birdies in his second trot around Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. He also squared two bogeys, so he's three swings back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Garcia shared 11th place in his debut at this tournament last year. With his current position, it would be a shock if he's not in the mix come Sunday.
Defending champ three back at CIMB midpoint 10-31-2014
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore added a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round of the CIMB Classic to post 7-under 137 and the halfway point. Play resumed shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time in Kuala Lumpur. Moore sat bogey-free 4-under with four birdies through 17 holes before penciling in a 6 at the par-5 18th. The defending champ is three strokes behind 36-hole clubhouse leader Billy Hurley III.
Steve Sands: Graham DeLaet has 'bulging disc' 10-31-2014
Hidezumi Shirakata
In the live telecast of the second round of the CIMB Classic, Golf Channel's Steve Sands said that Graham DeLaet's withdrawal after one hole in the opening round was due to a "bulging disc." This is the first reported detail of DeLaet's back injury. He had surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 3, 2010, and has dealt with mild aggravations since, but this week's WD was his first for the injury during a tournament in his career. Consider him an automatic question mark for next week's WGC-HSBC Champions. Warm, humid conditions similar to what the field is enduring in Kuala Lumpur do not aid a disc issue, so the weather is irrelevant to DeLaet's status moving forward.
Inclement weather delays CIMB second round 10-31-2014
Kevin Chappell
The second round of the CIMB Classic was suspended for inclement weather at 1:33 p.m. local time (1:33 a.m. ET). Here we go again, not that we're surprised. Yesterday's timing stranded 50 golfers for a couple of hours. Today's has 38 getting carted off to wait it out. Kevin Chappell snuck into the clubhouse with his round completed, however. He carded a 5-under-par 33-35=68 with six birdies against two bogeys. Tacked onto an opening 69, he's 7-under 139 at the midpoint, just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Que circles five birdies, but grinds out a 72 10-31-2014
Angelo Que
Angelo Que followed his opening 67 at the CIMB Classic with an even-par 39-33=69 in today's second round to post 5-under 139. He's five shots back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Billy Hurley III. Que started on the back side of Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club today and made the turn with three bogeys and six pars. However, he'd manage to pick off five birdies against two bogeys coming in to save the day and remain in contention entering the weekend.
Meesawat regresses a bit in the second round 10-31-2014
Prom Meesawat
Prom Meesawat signed for a 1-under-par 35-36=71 following his second round of the CIMB Classic. Added to his opening 68, he's 5-under 139 at the break, five swings adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Meesawat managed only three birdies at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club today. He erased two of those with bogeys. So, while he didn't keep the pressure on, he didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with the weekend ahead.
Bae back at it halfway into the CIMB Classic 10-31-2014
Sang-Moon Bae
Sang-moon Bae is 5-under-par 71-68=139 at the midpoint of the CIMB Classic, five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. The Frys.com Open champ missed the cut the following week in Vegas, and then took last week off. While he found a red number in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, today's effort was more wave than ripple. He birdied four of his first five holes and had five birdies by the turn (5-under 31) before settling for a birdie-free, 1-over 37 on the way in. It's worth nothing that while Bae has missed seven of his last 13 cuts, he posted top 25s in the other six starts. Obviously, with no cut this week, there's only one trend that he can extend.
Jeff Overton keeps the pedal down on Friday 10-31-2014
Jeff Overton
Jeff Overton backed up his openign 68 at the CIMB Classic with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in today's second round to post 7-under 137 at the halfway point, three shots off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He opened bogey-bogey at the par-5 10th and par-3 11th holes, but played out the string in bogey-free 5-under with five birdies. Overton has 11 birdies on the week thus far, but only two on the par 5s, and both at No. 3.
Matt Jones sheds 12 strokes in second round 10-31-2014
Matt Jones
Matt Jones rebounded from an opening 81 at the CIMB Classic to shoot 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round. The Aussie squared five bogeys on Thursday, but it was the quintuple bogey-10 that he incurred at the fifth hole that left the greatest mark. With no cut this week, he was able to free-wheel it today and picked off six birdies to help offset three bogeys. At 6-over 150, he's 16 strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead, but at least he's no longer flirting with DFL.
Noh staples another sub-70 up in Kuala Lumpur 10-31-2014
Seung-yul Noh
Seung-yul Noh answered his opening 68 at the CIMB Classic with a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round. He just keeps on keepin' on. Noh circled six birdies to ease the sting of three bogeys at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club today. He found half of the birdies on par 5s to total six for the week on the set of four. At 7-under 137, the South Korean fresh off a solo second in his homeland last week is just three shots off Billy Hurley III's 36-hole clubhouse lead at the CIMB.
Love III picks off red number in second round 10-31-2014
Davis Love III
Davis Love III answered his opening 68 at the CIMB Classic with a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in the second round to post 5-under 139 at the break, five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. DL3 started on the par-5 10th hole today and opened par-bogey-par-bogey to chop half of Thursday's work away. However, he regrouped to play out the string in bogey-free 3-under that included a birdie-2 on his penultimate hole to sneak under par. Anything he gives us is a bonus, but his rhetoric seems to suggest that he feels that he's more than just a token Life Member out there. So far in Malaysia, his execution is supporting that belief.
Brian Stuard back-pedals in the second round 10-31-2014
Brian Stuard
Brian Stuard chased his opening 67 at the CIMB Classic with an even-par 35-37=72 in today's second round. Stuard went off in the first threesome off the first tee at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club today. He'd trade three birdies with three bogeys to slide down the leaderboard, coming to rest five strokes adrift of the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. He's played the quartet of par 5s thus far in even with one birdie, six pars and one bogey.
Hurley III cards another 67; 36-hole leader 10-31-2014
Billy Hurley III
Billy Hurley III tossed up another 5-under-par 67 in his second round of the CIMB Classic to post 10-under 134 at the midpoint, good for early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Hurley III didn't go bogey-free like Thursday, but he picked off seven birdies to help hide a double bogey-6 at the second hole. He poured in six of his par breakers on his outward side en route to 6-under 30. Stats aren't kept for this tournament, but success is evident anywhere where a golfer has just one blemish through two rounds.