American golfer Gary Woodland in action during the round two of CIMB Classic Golf Tournament 2018 at TPC, Bukit Kiara. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: American Gary Woodland tied the TPC Kuala Lumpur course record after shooting a magnificent 11-under 61

Coming off a joint sixth finish at the PGA Championship three weeks ago, Woodland shared the second round lead with Australian Marc Leishman who shot a 62.

World No. 38 Woodland started his morning on the 10th tee where he gained six birdies and set up for another six on his back nine

He had posted a three-under 69 in the first round to finish joint 26. “I’ve been playing good. It’s nice to have two weeks off after the Tour Championship to regroup to get ready for this week.

“The golf course (West Course) is phenomenal, they did an unbelievable job, it’s in perfect shape. It’s nice to play the ball down this week.

“I think I hit 17 greens which obviously is a big deal but I made some putts too, which is nice,” said Woodland who lost on the first extra hole at the 2014 CIMB Classic playoff to American Ryan Moore.


Australian golfer, Marc Leishman hits a shot during the round two of CIMB Classic Golf Tournament 2018 at TPC, Bukit Kiara. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

World No. 24 Leishman attributed his 36-hole joint lead to the weather as the absence of wind helped his game.

“There’s no wind, the fairways are still quite firm, so you’re hitting some really long drives out there and having some short irons into holes. But again, if you’re in the rough, it’s tough to hit it close.

“And the greens are absolutely perfect, so it’s probably a combination of all those,” said three-time Tour winner Leishman.


Fans enjoying the action at the CIMB Classic Golf Tournament 2018 at TPC, Bukit Kiara. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

England’s Paul Casey and current Asian Tour leader Shubhankar Sharma of India will go into the weekend on joint third at 13-under 131 while round one leader Bronson Burgoon of the United States and his compatriots Scott Piercy and Austin Cook shared fifth spot at 132.

Defending champion Pat Perez scored an eagle on the fifth but is still struggling to make an impact with scores of 70-69 and is now joint 36th with five others.

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