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The Tour Report

October 25 2013

2:10 AM

CIMB: Bradley takes 4-shot lead

Interview with Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley talks about his second-round 66 on Friday at the CIMB Classic.


It's possible that Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club was made for Keegan Bradley. At least it certainly appears that way through the first two rounds of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Bradley, one of the best drivers on the PGA TOUR, carded a 6-under 66 in the second round to take a 4-shot lead through 36 holes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Bradley, who ranked second on TOUR last season in total driving, has hit 24 of 28 fairways en route to making 14 birdies through 36 holes.

"Yeah, (driving distance) is a big advantage, but I'm also hitting the ball super straight," Bradley said. "It's hard to remember a time where I've been more dialed in than these last two days."

The course is new to most players in the field -- including Bradley -- and it has proven to reward those who place importance on accuracy.

"It is challenging. It's very tight. You have to drive the ball straight. But like you said there are a lot of holes I can hit drivers over and par 5s are reachable for me. So it's a really good course for me."

Bradley owns the four-shot lead over first-round leader Ryan Moore (72). Kiradech Aphibarnrat (69) and Chris Stroud (69) are five shots back at 8 under.

Aphibarnrat played the first two rounds with U.S. stars Phil Mickelson, who is 3 under on the week, and Nick Watney, who sits at even par.

"I'm quite enjoying these two top players," Aphibarnrat said. "I can't say I was playing better than the two of them, but maybe Phil (isn't) used to the type off the grass and this type of weather. But the way he's driving the ball, he is still a world class player."

Moore is off to an impressive start in the 2013-14 season. He is coming off a T9 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and led after the first round of the CIMB Classic.

"It wasn't the round I had yesterday, but it amazingly enough wasn't too dissimilar," Moore said. "I actually controlled the ball really well. Obviously, just didn't make any putts, but I still hit some pretty good shots overall. I was happy with my ball-striking. I didn't get it around the hole, but I had my wedges and 9‑irons in my hands.  I just didn't get it to those 8‑ to 12‑footers."

Marc Leishman, who had the round of the day at 65, and Sergio Garcia (71) were at 7 under.

Bradley finished 10th in the FedExCup standings in 2013, recording a career-best seven top-10 finishes. With FedExCup points available for the first time here beginning this season, Bradley would earn 500 points with a victory.