Billy Hurley 111 hits the top of the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the half-way stage at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Billy carded a -5 under par 67 to top the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the mid-way point with a -10 under par total. He has a two shot lead going into the week-end and reported that he could stay there;
“If I can keep hitting it in the fairway and keep putting it like I have and hitting a lot of good putts, then I’ll be right there on Sunday.”
“After the bad swing it could have unraveled there on 2 and 3 but I drew on some of the experience I had from last year and was able to hold it together coming in.”
“The cameras, more people watching the last group, couple of groups. It’s the atmosphere of it, and you learn a little bit from that.”
Kevin Streelman holds second place, his second consecutive round of -4 under par 68 giving him his -8 under par total. An old putter has emerged to ignite his game;
“With putters, sometimes you pick it up and it just feels good, this is the best my short game has been.”
“You just need to freshen up, sometimes you pick it up, and it feels pretty good and you go out and make everything.”
In the group of players tied in third at -7 under par, three strokes back , is the field’s top-ranked player, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood, who recorded a hole-in-one on his way to carding a -7 under par 65 that moved him into contention.
Lee aced the tough 226 yard par-3 11th hole;
“You need a bit of luck, but at the same time you have to hit it straight, it happens now and then. A 65 has got me right into the tournament.”
Others at -7 under par included Seung-yeul Noh, Kevin Na, Jeff Overton and Kevin Chappell, who penalized himself a stroke for picking up the ball before marking it on the 16th fairway.
Noh said he feels comfortable on this course;
“I feel very comfortable on this course, and I’m swinging I pretty well, plus I’m putting pretty well too. I’m really excited for the weekend.”
Ryan Moore, the defending champion, is also on -7 under par, it would have been better had he not bogied the last hole;
“It’s a position golf course. You can’t overpower it with length, I’m not one of the longer guys, and it makes a lot of guys hit it where I normally hit it, so we play from a lot of the same spots.”