Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Gary Woodland shot an 11-under 61 to tie the course record Friday and join Marc Leishman in a share of the second-round lead at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic.
Woodland and Leishman (62) were at 14-under 130 on the revamped TPC Kuala Lumpur West course.
Woodland's bogey-free nines of 30-31 matched the 61 that Justin Thomas shot while winning the 2015 tournament, his first of two titles in a row in Kuala Lumpur.
Shubhankar Sharma (64) and Paul Casey (65) were tied for third, one stroke behind. Both golfers had stretches of four birdies and an eagle in five holes.
First-round leader Bronson Burgoon shot 69 and was two strokes behind, tied with fellow Americans Scott Piercy (67) and Austin Cook (68).
Thomas shot 69 and was five strokes behind. Defending champion Pat Perez closed with a birdie to shoot 69 and was nine strokes off the lead. Ernie Els shot 72 and was 10 strokes behind.
Woodland finished second to American compatriot Ryan Moore in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and 2014.
"It's nice to stay aggressive out there," Woodland said. "This golf course suits up pretty good for me, I've had success here in the past. It's nice to be back and playing well."
Australia's Leishman says he needs more of the same on the weekend.
"A lot of good players at the top of the leaderboard. You're going to have to play extremely well to have a chance to win," Leishman said.
Sharma's round included a long birdie putt on the par-3 eighth hole.
"It was about 25 feet, between 20 and 25 feet, around there," Sharma said. "That was the longest putt I made."
There is no cut in the 78-player field.
Prize money at Kuala Lumpur totals $7 million, with $1,62 million to the winner.
The CIMB Classic marks the first of three PGA Tour events in Asia. It moves on to the CJ Cup in South Korea followed by the World Golf Championships event in Shanghai.
Brian Stuard (Jackson/Oakland) was 1 under and tied for 54th.
Bernhard Langer birdied nine of the last 10 holes at rain-softened Prestonwood for a 10-under 62 and share of lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.
Tom Lehman and Gene Sauers matched the 61-year-old Langer on the course that was dry enough to play after heavy rain from Hurricane Michael hit the area Thursday.
Langer birdied Nos. 9-13, parred the 14th, and birdied the final four. Lehman also birdied the final four holes, playing his final 10 holes in 8 under. Sauers eagled the par-17th on his opening nine in the final event for the top 72 players to qualify for the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs.
Jerry Kelly and Olin Browne were four strokes back at 66, and Kenny Perry, Scott Dunlap and David McKenzie shot 67.
Tom Gillis (Lake Orion) was one of six golfers who opened with a 3-under 69. Defending champion Colin Montgomerie had a 71, and Charles Schwab Cup leader Scott McCarron opened with a 73. Nick Faldo also had a 73.
No. 1-ranked Sung Hyun Park and No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn were among four sharing the lead after two rounds of the KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.
Park shot a second straight 4-under 68 and Ariya was better with a 67 for two-round totals of 8-under 136 at the Sky 72 Ocean Course.
Charley Hull was at 9 under at the turn after an eagle on the par-5 7th hole but dropped back after consecutive bogeys and birdied the 17th to get to 8 under with Danielle Kang. Kang was at 9 under after 11, but bogeyed 12-13-14 and climbed back, too, to share the halfway lead.
Park is preparing to be grouped over the final rounds with her main rival.
“The very first time I was grouped together with Ariya, that was when I actually felt kind of pressure or burden,” Park said. “But since I’ve played with her quite often, I’m getting more and more comfortable with her.”
Ariya bogeyed three of her first seven holes, then recovered on the back nine with six birdies, including four on the last five holes.
“I hit a few shots pretty close and I made some long putts,” she said.
First-round leader Nasa Hataoka of Japan slipped to a 73, but was only two strokes off the lead along with Lydia Ko, who carded a bogey-free 68.
At Walton Heath, England, Eddie Pepperell recorded a hole-in-one on the way to claiming a tie for the lead on 5-under 67 after the first round of the British Masters on Thursday, while tournament host Justin Rose struggled to a 74.
Fellow Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace also shot 67s on a windy day at the Walton Heath course on the outskirts of London.
The first hole-in-one of Pepperell’s career came in spectacular style as his 5-iron from 172 yards on the ninth hit the bottom of the flag and bounced high in the air away from the hole before spinning back into the cup.
“It was a bizarre shot from where I was standing,” he said. “I played awful in the pro-am on Wednesday, probably the worst I have in a while, and I wouldn’t say I played great today but … it’s great to be at the top with Matt and Tommy.”
Pepperell produced a superb run around the turn because he also had an eagle at the 11th and birdies at the seventh and 10th.
Fleetwood’s round was not without incident, his only bogey coming after an errant tee shot on the par-3 17th finished in a cup holder in a buggy situated to the left of the green.
“I’m still not sure how it got there,” said Fleetwood, who outscored playing partner and Ryder Cup team mate Francesco Molinari by six strokes. “Luckily it didn’t go in the beer in the other cup holder because it would have ruined a drink and the golf ball.”
Wallace had set the clubhouse target earlier in the day as he seeks a fifth win on his 50th European Tour start, and fourth victory of the season.