Wood­land ties course record for joint lead

11-un­der puts him at the top of the leader­board with Leish­man

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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 yes­ter­day.

The 34-year-old Amer­i­can sank 11 birdies in his blem­ish­free 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.”

Leish­man’s bo­gey-free round of 62 filled him with ti­tle hopes.

“It would be nice to get in the win­ner’s cir­cle again this year,” said the Aus­tralian.

“I played well last year but didn’t win any­thing, so that’s prob­a­bly the goal — to win again. Just have to do ev­ery­thing right and that gen­er­ally takes care of it­self. That’s what I in­tend to do.”

Ry­der Cup win­ner Paul Casey threw him­self into the mix with a 65 to share the third spot with In­dia’s Shub­hankar Sharma one shot be­hind.

Sharma drained nine birdies against a sin­gle bo­gey for his 64.

“Just that one bad shot on the sec­ond, but other than that I was hit­ting it pretty good,” said the 22-year-old. “So re­ally happy with where I am right now and I just want to con­tinue do­ing that for the next two days.”

Thomas, seek­ing a third CIMB Clas­sic ti­tle, slipped to a share of 15th place fol­low­ing a 69.

(AFP)

Marc Leish­man of the US in ac­tion dur­ing the sec­ond round of the CIMB Clas­sic in Kuala Lumpur.

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