Pat Perez took advantage of the cooler conditions by firing a superb seven-under-par 65 to seize the second round lead at the $7 million CIMB Classic on Friday.
The American turned in 35 but benefited from a three-hour 40-minute thunderstorm by shooting six birdies on his homeward nine to lead on 13-under-par 131 at the TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Xander Schauffele, who was voted the 2016-2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, eagled the par-three fifth hole from 27-feet to stay a further shot back following a 67 in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour.
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Sung Kang (68) of Korea, a winner on the Asian Tour, overnight leader Cameron Smith (71) of Australia and Thomas Pieters (67) of Belgium shared third place on matching 135s to lie four shots back of the lead.
The 41-year-old Perez bogeyed his third hole but recovered with birdies on 13 and 14. He made a charge on his back nine with four straight birdies from the second hole and closed with two birdies to move to the top of the leaderboard.
After winning the TOUR Championship three weeks ago, Schauffele is in contention for another victory in his maiden appearance at the CIMB Classic.
Matt Cooper is in Rabat all this week, reporting from the Trophee Hassan II and Lalla Meryem Cup at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.
Welshman Bradley Dredge and Alvaro Quiros of Spain both shot five-under-par 67s to lead the way after the opening day of the Trophee Hassan II
South Africa’s Nicole Garcia was in sparkling form on day one of the Ladies European Tour event at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat.
Matt Cooper is in Rabat for the Trophee Hassan II. He caught up with a French golfer now coaching in Morocco.
Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas attended fellow PGA Tour pro Smylie Kaufman’s wedding, and it looks like they had a great time.
With the European Tour in Morocco this week, Dave Tindall heads to Marrakech and is amazed by the top-class golf on offer to the UK visitor.