Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Keegan Bradley shot 6-under-par
66 on Friday to grab a 4-stroke lead at the halfway point of the CIMB Classic.
Bradley, who is making his season debut, sits at 13-under-par 131 through 36
holes on Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club's West Course.
"It's challenging, it's very tight and you've got to drive the ball straight,"
said the former PGA champion. "It's a really good course for me."
Overnight leader Ryan Moore carded an even-par 72 and dropped into second
place at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of Chris Stroud and Kiradech Aphibarnrat,
who both shot 69.
Sergio Garcia posted a 71 and grabbed a share of fifth place alongside Marc
Leishman (65) at 7-under 137.
Phil Mickelson, also making his season debut, is tied for 25th after rounds of
"Playing this golf course from the rough, which I did today, is extremely
tough," admitted the Open champion.
Moore fired a course-record 63 on Thursday, but he couldn't carry the momentum
into the second round, mixing three birdies with a trio of bogeys, which aided
Bradley teed off at the 10th and started slow with a pair of birdies and a
bogey over his first nine holes, but he took off after the turn.
The three-time PGA Tour winner birdied two straight from the par-4 second to
go in front for good, then built his advantage with a hat trick of birdies
from the fifth.
He parred out to retain his 4-shot lead over Moore, who birdied his final hole
to partially salvage his round.
"Great tee shot, great iron shot, finally hit a putt exactly how I wanted,"
Moore said of his closing birdie.
NOTES: Bradley recorded a career-best seven top-10 finishes and finished 10th
in the FedExCup standings in 2013 ... With FedExCup points available for the
first time at this event, Bradley would earn 500 points with a victory ...
Defending champion Nick Watney is tied for 42nd place at even-par 144.
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