Round 2 Notes: CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia

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October 29, 2010
Doug Milne, PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Light morning showers gave way to partly cloudy skies and hot temperatures in the mid 90s. Calm winds.

Ben Crane

• In his first trip to Malaysia, Ben Crane bettered on his opening-round, 4-under 67 with a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to head into the weekend at 11-under, leading by one with Thailand's Pariya Junhasavasdikul.

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• Crane has three PGA TOUR titles to his credit; the 2003 BellSouth Classic, 2005 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee and the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year.

• Should a member of the PGA TOUR win the inaugural CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, it NEITHER counts toward an official PGA TOUR win, NOR official TOUR money. In addition, it will NOT yield a 2-year exemption. All players in the field WILL earn Official World Rankings points.

Pariya Junhasavasdikul

• Following his opening-round, 5-under 66, Thailand's Pariya Junhasavasdikul birdied five of his last seven holes en route to a 6-under 65 to take a share of the 36-hole lead at 11-under with Ben Crane.

• Junhasavasdikul, a 26 year-old Purdue grad, claimed his first Asian Tour title last month in Taipei in a playoff at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

• Junhasavasdikul ranked first on Thailand PGA Tour Order of Merit 2008, as well as first in All Thailand Challenge Tour Order of Merit 2008.

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore made four consecutive birdies on hole Nos. five through nine en route to a 3-under 68. He trails Ben Crane and Pariya Junhasavasdikul headed into the weekend by a stroke.

• Moore has shown sign of a game that is coming around of late. In the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup last month, Moore finished T3 at the BMW Championship and T9 at the Regular Season-ending TOUR Championship. He is the owner of one PGA TOUR title, the 2009 Wyndham Championship.

Ricky Barnes

• 18-hole leader Ricky Barnes couldn't get much going in round two. Following his 8-under 63, Barnes posted a 2-under 69. He will head into the weekend trailing the 11-under lead by one.

• Barnes is making his first return to Malaysia since winning the 2002 (Team) World Amateur with Hunter Mahan and D.J. Trahan at Saujana Golf and Country Club. Trahan, also in this week's field, shot a second consecutive, 4-under 67. He trails the lead by three strokes.

Adam Scott

• Following a bogey at the first, Australia's Adam Scott eagled the par-5th 17 en route to a 6-under 65 to get to 8-under with Luke Donald and D.J. Trahan.

• Scott added his seventh PGA TOUR win to his resume earlier this season with his win at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

Miscellaneous

• The lone Malaysian in the field, Shaaban Hussin, struggled again in round two with a second consecutive 1-over 72.

• Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant made a 5-stroke improvement in round two with a 5-under 66, putting him at 5-under headed into the weekend. Wiratchant won the Yeangder Tournament Players Tournament last month in Taipei.

• The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia is the first tournament sanctioned by the PGA TOUR in Southeast Asia. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR, Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM). In its inaugural year, it will feature an international field of 40 players competing for a $6 million purse, with the winner taking home $1,080,000. The majority of the PGA TOUR members will head to China the following week for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event, played for the second year as a World Golf Championships event.

Scoring Averages at the par-71 Mines Resort Golf Club:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday 33.700 34.900 68.600 ---
Friday 34.075 34.675 68.750 68.675

• The hardest hole of the day was the 194-yard, par-3 14th, with a scoring average of 3.275. The easiest hole came at the next, the 295-yard, par-4 15th, playing to an average of 3.375.

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