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Gary Woodland’s 61 leaves him tied for CIMB lead with Marc Leishman

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Gary Woodland shot an 11-under 61 to tie the course report Friday and be part of Marc Leishman in a share of the second-round lead on the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic.

Woodland and Leishman (62) have been at 14-under 130 on the revamped TPC Kuala Lumpur West course.

Woodland’s bogey-free nines of 30-31 matched the 61 that Justin Thomas shot whereas profitable the 2015 event, his first of two titles in a row in Kuala Lumpur.

Shubhankar Sharma (64) and Paul Casey (65) have been tied for third, one stroke behind. Both golfers had stretches of 4 birdies and an eagle in 5 holes.

First-round chief Bronson Burgoon shot 69 and was two strokes behind, tied with fellow Americans Scott Piercy (67) and Austin Cook (68).

Thomas shot 69 and was 5 strokes behind. Defending champion Pat Perez closed with a birdie to shoot 69 and was 9 strokes off the lead. Ernie Els shot 72 and was 10 strokes behind.

Woodland completed second to American compatriot Ryan Moore in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and 2014.

“It’s nice to stay aggressive out there,” Woodland mentioned. “This golf course suits up pretty good for me, I’ve had success here in the past. It’s nice to be back and playing well.”

Australia’s Leishman says he wants extra of the identical on the weekend.

“A lot of good players at the top of the leaderboard. You’re going to have to play extremely well to have a chance to win,” Leishman mentioned.

Sharma’s spherical included a protracted birdie putt on the par-Three eighth gap.

“It was about 25 feet, between 20 and 25 feet, around there,” Sharma mentioned. “That was the longest putt I made.”

There is not any reduce within the 78-player subject.

Prize cash at Kuala Lumpur totals $7 million, with $1.62 million to the winner.

The CIMB Classic marks the primary of three PGA Tour occasions in Asia. Next is the CJ Cup in South Korea adopted by the World Golf Championships occasion in Shanghai.

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