Wood­land ties course record to soar to CIMB Clas­sic joint lead

Daily Messenger - - Sportlight -

KUALA LUMPUR: Gary Wood­land carded a siz­zling sec­ond round of 11-un­der par 61 to tie the course record and soar to the joint half­way lead at the CIMB Clas­sic on Fri­day.

The 34-year-old Amer­i­can sank 11 birdies in his blem­ish-free round to match the course record Justin Thomas set dur­ing his vic­to­ri­ous 2015 cam­paign at the TPC Kuala Lumpur.

"I just played solid just like I did yes­ter­day, I just made more putts," said Wood­land, who shares the top spot with Marc Leish­man at 14-un­der 130.

"I think I hit 17 greens, which ob­vi­ously is a big deal, but I made some putts, too, which is nice."

Wood­land has not missed the tour­na­ment since 2013 and is hop­ing to be third time lucky hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond in 2013 and 2014.

"I can be ag­gres­sive out here. I can hit a lot of driv­ers, which is a huge ad­van­tage. And the other holes, you know, irons into some of the tougher holes, I'm lay­ing back."

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