Perez Powers Ahead At Cimb Classic

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Perez Powers Ahead At Cimb Classic


Kuala Lumpur, October 13: Pat Perez took advantage of the cooler conditions by firing a superb six-under-par 65 to seize the second round lead at the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Friday.

The American bogeyed his third hole but benefited from a three-hour 40-minute thunderstorm as he returned with eight birdies 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 foot to stay a further shot back following a 67 in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour.

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 turned in 35 but four straight birdies from the second hole and two closing birdies moved him to the top of the leaderboard.

Schauffele stayed in the title hunt when he eagled the par-three fifth hole from 27-feet, his longest putt this week. He traded four birdies against a lone bogey to stay in second place for the second straight day.

Did you know?

  • Perez enjoyed his best season on the 2016-2017 PGA Tour season where he won once and claimed six other top-10 finishes. The victory was his second on the PGA Tour.
  • This is his fifth appearance at the CIMB Classic. His best result in the tournament was ninth at the 2012 showpiece albeit on a different golf course.
  • Perez, 41, is in the running to become the oldest champion in the CIMB Classic. Bo Van Pelt is currently the oldest winner at the age of 36 when he won in 2011.
  • Only two players have led at the halfway stage and gone on to win the CIMB Classic. They are Ben Crane (2010) and Justin Thomas (2015 and 2016)
  • Schauffele is making his first start at the CIMB Classic. He is also playing in his first event since being voted as the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year after winning The Greenbrier Classic and TOUR Championship.
  • He dropped his only bogey after 36 holes on the par-four sixth hole. He fired six other birdies and one eagle in the second round.
  • Schauffele has some Asian heritage. His father is half French and German but his mother is Taiwanese and grew up in Japan.
  • Sung Kang won his first Asian Tour title at the 2013 CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi on home soil.
  • He made his debut in the CIMB Classic last year where he finished in a share of 21st position. He is currently four shots back of the lead.
  • The round of the day belonged to Paul Casey of England who shot a 63 highlighted by 10 birdies and one bogey. It was a welcome return to form for the world number 14 who opened with a 77. He is currently tied in 23rd place.


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