Robert Garrigus shot a 7-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead ahead of Jbe' Kruger, who upstaged Tiger Woods in their second-round pairing...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Robert Garrigus shot a 7-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead ahead of Jbe’ Kruger, who upstaged Tiger Woods in their second-round pairing at the CIMB Classic on Friday.
Garrigus was at 14-under 128 after two rounds. After starting the day in second spot at 7 under, the American golfer got as low as 15 under before leaving his par putt just short on the 18th hole for his only bogey.
Kruger, playing his first competitive round with Woods, pumped his right arm after each of his eight birdies in a round that contained only one bogey amid the soggy conditions at the Mines Resort and Golf Club. He had a 64 and was 12 under, two shots clear of Australia’s Greg Chalmers (69) and overnight leader Troy Matteson, who followed his opening 63 with 69.
Woods carded a 67 and was tied for fifth at 9 under with Kevin Na (66) and Zimbabwe’s Brendon De Jonge (65).
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While Woods is predicting a total of better than 20 under to win the $6.1 million tournament, Garrigus is setting his sights much higher.
“I’m going to try to get to 30 if I can, if that’s possible,” he said, adding that in his first tournament of the year he was 6 over after eight holes and played the next 54 holes at 32-under par. “So I can do it. I just need to do it on the weekend when it counts. No disrespect to anybody on the PGA Tour, they’re all great players, but I feel like I can beat anybody in the world.”
Despite being five shots off the lead, Woods is confident he can make up the ground.
“I feel good about it,” he said. “I’ve just got to go out there and make a bunch of birdies. The golf course can be had.”
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor shot a 70 and was tied for 44th.
Peter Hanson of Sweden shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead on defending champion Rory McIlroy after the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai.
McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 to put him at 12-under 132.
• Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 to share a two-stroke lead with Inbee Park of South Korea halfway through the Taiwan Championship in Yang Mei.
They were at 10-under 134. Defending champion Yani Tseng (69) slipped into a tie for third.
Former UW Husky Paige Mackenzie from Yakima shot a 72 and was tied for 24th. Jimin Kang, the former King’s High School of Shoreline standout, was tied for 69th after a 73.
• Justin Hicks shot a 2-under 69 to take a two-stroke after the second round of the Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas.
The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending event at TPC Craig Ranch.
Michael Putnam of University Place shot a 72 and fell three shots back after he was tied for the lead following the first round. Olympia’s Andres Gonzales (73) is tied for 58th.
• Mark Calcavecchia shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead over Kenny Perry in the suspended first round of the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship in San Antonio.
Thirty-three of the 80 players were unable to complete the round because of darkness. Pullman High School grad Kirk Triplett (74) was tied for 24th.