CHOI SETS PACE AT WESTCHESTER

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Korean KJ Choi has taken a firm grip on the betting at the halfway stage of the Barclays Classic in New York.

Korean KJ Choi has taken a firm grip on the betting at the halfway stage of the Barclays Classic in New York.
Building on to an opening-round 64, Choi shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead on 12-under overall and is now no bigger than 11/8 with Hills and Sky Bet to still be top of the leaderboard on Sunday evening.
Rich Beem is alone in second and it’s then another two strokes back to Geoff Ogilvy, Rory Sabbatini and Steve Stricker.
But it’s double figure prices and upwards about anyone but Choi – Ogilvy the second favourite at 10/1 (Sky Bet), Beem and Sabbatini both on offer at a general 12/1 while Stricker is freely available at 16s.
Ernie Els (12/1 with bet365), Adam Scott (20/1 general), Sergio Garcia (25/1 with Bet Direct) and Retief Goosen (28/1 with Sky Bet) are all right in the mix too, among a group seven players tied at six under.
But that’s six shots behind Choi and the leader said: “I’m very happy to have played the way I did this week, the past two days. I figured that two-under every day would be a good score for the tournament.
“But now that I am at 12-under, I’m very excited at being in the position that I am right now.”

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