Bradley takes charge in Malaysia
Keegan Bradley carded a six-under par 66 to claim a four-stroke lead after the second round of the CIMB Classic.
The former PGA Championship winner is making his season debut at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club’s West Course, reached the halfway mark at 13-under par, four strokes in front of first round leader Ryan Moore.
Moore followed his 63 in the first round with an even-par 72 to reach the halfway point one shot ahead of Chris Stroud and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who both shot 69.
“It’s challenging, it’s very tight and you’ve got to drive the ball straight,” Bradley said after his second round.
“It’s a really good course for me.”
Sergio Garcia (71) grabbed a share of fifth place alongside Marc Leishman (65) at seven-under, while Phil Mickelson is tied for 25th after rounds of 71 and 70.
“Playing this golf course from the rough, which I did today, is extremely tough,” admitted Mickelson after his round.
After starting his round at the 10th, Bradley started slowly, making only one birdie – which was cancelled out by a bogey – over the first nine holes, but showcased his wide array of skills on the front nine.
He carded back-to-back birdies on the second and third to claim the lead, before taking control of the tournament with a hat-trick of birdies, starting on the fifth.
His advantage would have been even greater had Moore not birdied his final hole to move into sole position of second place.
“Great tee shot, great iron shot, finally hit a putt exactly how I wanted,” Moore said of his birdie on his last hole.
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