Date: October 26, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Garrigus upstages Woods, Kruger

American Robert Garrigus fired his second straight seven-under 64 to take a two-shot lead at the CIMB Classic on Friday. As Jbe Kruger moved into contention with a 64 of his own at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Garrigus continued his impressive form. He moved into 14 under – two shots clear of South African Kruger – at the tournament, co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour. Tiger Woods, paired with Kruger, stayed in the hunt with a four-under 67 which helped him to nine under at the $6.1 million event. American Troy Matteson, the overnight leader, and Australian Greg Chalmers are tied for third at 10 under. Joining 14-time major winner Woods in a share of fifth are Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge and American Kevin Na. The day belonged to Garrigus who fired eight birdies on his closing 12 holes, with his only blemish coming at the last. Kruger was in fine form playing alongside Woods and said the presence of the 36-year-old helped him focus. “I think playing with him definitely made me concentrate a bit harder. That is one thing I&aposve been lacking in the last couple of months,” he said. “I think I want to play with him every day. Just to shoot anything, level par, anything was a dream. It was pretty cool.” Kruger&aposs efforts impressed Woods, who is searching for his fourth win of the year but endured a frustrating day on the tricky greens in Malaysia. “I knew a little bit about him, but I hadn&apost seen him play. Today was the first time I&aposve seen him,” Woods said. “He was playing right in front of us yesterday and he had a seven under with one to go and made a big mistake at 18, but he&aposs playing well.” John Senden bounced back from his slow start to card a five-under 66 to be at four under for the tournament, which sees him tied for 31st. Marc Leishman (even par) and Scott Hend (five over) are well off the pace at the halfway mark.