Perez seizes lead at CIMB Classic

The New Paper - - SPORTS -

Amer­i­can Pat Perez re­turned to the course with a hot put­ter af­ter a lengthy de­lay due to a storm, card­ing a seven-un­der 65 to claim a one-stroke lead in the sec­ond round of the US$7 mil­lion (S$9.5m) CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

The 41-year-old scorched the course with six birdies in his fi­nal eight holes to end with a two-day to­tal of 131.

Fel­low Amer­i­can Xan­der Schauf­fele, who started a shot be­hind overnight leader Cameron Smith of Aus­tralia, carded a 67 to sit a shot be­hind Perez. Smith strug­gled dur­ing his sec­ond round of 71 and slipped down to joint­third with South Korean Sung Kang (68) and Bel­gian Thomas Pi­eters (67).

World No. 3 Hideki Mat­suyama, who was in the same group as Perez, carded a 68 and was tied for eighth af­ter start­ing his round with two birdies in three holes.

Amer­i­can Justin Thomas, who has won the tour­na­ment for the last two years with a com­bined score of 49-un­der, was tied for 33rd af­ter fol­low­ing up his open­ing round of 70 with a 71.

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