Defending champion Justin Thomas shot a 6-under par 66 on Friday, and leads the CIMB Classic through two rounds. Anirban Lahiri, who was tied with Thomas after 17 holes, made a double bogey 7 on the par 5 18th, dropping two back of the lead.
Russell Knox, James Hahn, and Hideki Matsuyma are tied for 3rd place at 11-under par. First round co-leaders, Derek Fathauer (-10) and Keegan Bradley (-8), could not get much going but both remain in contention heading into the weekend.
1 Justin Thomas -14
2 Anirban Lahiri -12
T3 Russell Knox, James Hahn, Hideki Matsuyma -11
T6 Marc Leishman, Derek Fathauer -10
T8 Brendan Steele, Keegan Bradley, Zac Blair, Siwoo Kim, Ryan Moore, Scott Piercy -8
Key To Success
The Tour does not have Shot Link over in Malaysia so there are no real time scoring statistics to track. But Thomas once again got through TPC Kuala Lumpur’s own version of Amen Corner at 1-under, with a another birdie on the 13th. This gains one stroke on the field based on historical numbers. He also played the four par 5s under par for the second consecutive day.
Round One Amen Corner (11, 12, 13): -2
Round Two Amen Corner (11, 12, 13): -1
“I didn’t play as well as I did yesterday. I drove it better which was good but I definitely had a couple iron shots and a couple wedges that I felt like I should have hit closer, but bogey-free is always good. I didn’t hit it very good my first seven holes, so I just kind of managed it around at 1-under and started playing better from there on in.”
–Justin Thomas, Round 2 Leader