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Matsuyama bogey-free; 7-for-7 in scrambling 10-25-2013
Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama enjoyed a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68 for his second round of the CIMB Classic. He's on the way to paying dividends for gamers that remained loyal despite last week's irritating withdrawal. He split only seven (of 14) fairways and hit just 11 greens in regulation but flashed that omnipresent moxie that has garnered our devotion. Thanks to four birdies, he reached the midpoint in 6-under 138, seven strokes off Keegan Bradley's overnight lead. Matsuyama was the last of 12 to conclude his second round inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Keegan Bradley leads by four at CIMB midpoint 10-25-2013
Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley backed up his opening 65 at the CIMB Classic with a 6-under-par 35-31=66 to post 13-under 131, good for a four-stroke overnight lead entering Saturday's third round. Bradley nearly submitted a carbon copy of his bogey-free opener. He split 12 (of 14) fairways for the second straight round and hit 13 greens in regulation, one fewer than Thursday. While he also circled seven birdies again today, he suffered his first bogey of the week, that a 5 at the 13th hole, his fourth of the round. At the time he signed his card, he led the field in birdies and co-led in driving accuracy.
Cink loads up on chances to break par at CIMB 10-25-2013
Stewart Cink
Stewart Cink is 6-under-par 70-68=138 through two rounds of the CIMB Classic, three back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Now 40 years of age, Cink is probably slowing down. His recent season appear to be more toward his new norm than anomalies, but you can't rule him out in any given week. Thus far at Kualu Lumpur Golf & Country Club's West Course, he's hit 14 greens in regulation in each round and poured in nine birdies, six of which in today's trot. Five of his par breakers for the week have occurred on par 5s.
Woodland still lurking at the CIMB midpoint 10-25-2013
Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland chased his opening 68 at the CIMB Classic with a 2-under-par 36-34=70. After a ho-hum par at the par-5 10th hole, Woodland stumbled to a double-bogey 5 at 11. He added a bogey at the par-3 15th but found five birdies elsewhere to secure another red number. At 6-under 138 through two rounds, he's three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Bill Haas logs bogey-free 67 in second round 10-25-2013
Bill Haas
Bill Haas crafted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his second round of the CIMB Classic. Golf is a funny game; we've all heard that one before. Here's the latest example. While Haas hit 15 greens in regulation on Thursday, he balanced out three birdies with three bogeys and settled for an even-par 72. Today he landed only 12 GIR and lassoed five birdies, three of which on par 5s to post 5-under 139 at the midpoint, four strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Stroud strokes bogey-free 69 in second round 10-25-2013
Chris Stroud
Chris Stroud spun a bogey-free, 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his second round of the CIMB Classic. He went 6-for-6 in scrambling and picked off three birdies, two of which on par 5s to complement a 2 at the 15th hole. Through two rounds, he's missed 10 greens in regulation but swallowed only one bogey. Stroud is 8-under 134, one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Needless to say, it's great to see him find form that deserted him over the last couple of months.
Kirk figures out a way in the second round 10-25-2013
Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk followed his opening 67 at the CIMB Classic with a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in his second round to post 6-under 138 and sit three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Scoring seems to be more even among the field of 78 in the second round, so Kirk can't be too disappointed with where he stands halfway into the event. He hit only 11 greens in regulation today but squared just two bogeys against three birdies.
English having no problems in Kuala Lumpur 10-25-2013
Harris English
Harris English reached the midpoint of the CIMB Classic in 6-under-par 71-67=138 and sits three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He arrived in Malaysia fresh off a pedestrian T40 at the Shriners, but his scoring traveled alongside. English has circled an eagle and 10 birdies thus far in Kuala Lumpur. The par breakers have help offset six bogeys, four of which occurring on Thursday. Overall, he's gathered exactly three-quarters of his fairways (21 of 28) and greens in regulation (27 of 36).
Leishman rides back-nine 30 to a 7-under 65 10-25-2013
Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman crafted a 7-under-par 35-30=65 in his second round of the CIMB Classic. The Aussie missed the cut at the Open to begin his season, and that was immediately on the heels of a loss at his first Presidents Cup. He then opened his week in Malaysia yesterday with an even-par 72 during which he erased two birdies with two bogeys. Today's loop was setting up similarly, but he went birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie at holes 3-7 before finishing bogey-birdie. Suddenly 7-under 137 through two rounds, he's only two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He's a great example of how it's always possible to make noise quickly in a 78-man field with no cut.
Garcia hits nine GIR but reels in red number 10-25-2013
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia grinded his way to a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in the second round of the CIMB Classic. He stood over only nine opportunities to break par, but did so four times and limited the negative to three bogeys. Garcia is 7-under 137 at the midpoint, just two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Nick Watney turns around in the second round 10-25-2013
Nick Watney
Defending champion Nick Watney recovered from his opening 75 at the CIMB Classic with a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in his second round. This was one of those days that defines the randomness of golf. After hitting 14 greens in regulation and squaring five bogeys on Thursday, Watney landed only 11 GIR today but limited the damage to one bogey (at the par-4 12th hole). He set the tone for the comeback early with birdies at 2, 3, 4 and 5. He's back to even par for the tournament, nine strokes back of the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Aphibarnrat keeps pedal down in second round 10-25-2013
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kiradech Aphibarnrat answered his opening 67 at the CIMB Classic with a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to post 8-under 136 at the halfway point, one stroke off the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. Aphibarnrat flashed a terrific ball-striking today. He split all but one fairway and totaled 16 greens in regulation en route to four birdies against one bogey. He opened his walk with his first three par breakers at Nos. 1-3, and then walked off 18 with his fourth birdie. Should Aphibarnrat or any other non-member take the title in Kuala Lumpur this weekend, he will become immediately eligible for the FedExCup and the points earned will become official.
Martin Laird remains firm in the second round 10-25-2013
Martin Laird
Martin Laird chased his opening 68 at the CIMB Classic with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 to hit the halfway point at 6-under 138, three strokes adrift of the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. The Scot play a tug of war with the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club today. He was birdie-free 1-over through six holes before ringing up three straight birdies at holes 16-18. But he squared his round with bogeys at his first two holes after the turn, only to pick off two more birdies coming in. Three of his five birdies came on par 5s, thus giving his card another wrinkle after Thursday's blemish-free card with pars on the quartet of three-shotters.
Ryan Moore comes back to the field on Friday 10-25-2013
Ryan Moore
Overnight leader Ryan Moore followed his opening 63 at the CIMB Classic with an even-par 36-36=72 to post 9-under 135 at the midpoint, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. You know the adage about backing up a low round with another. We see it just about every week. Moore found only three birdies today and canceled them with three bogeys, one of which on the par-5 fifth hole. He hit just 11 greens in regulation.