Tiger fires 67 in Malaysia, five strokes behind leader Garrigus
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (4E Sports) – Tiger Woods fired a four-under par 67 in the second round of the $6.1 million CIMB Classic Friday but his effort was not enough as he still trails leader Robert Garrigus by five shots.
Woods, who finished with six birdies and two bogeys, had a chance to submit a better score but missed several birdie opportunities, dropping him to a fifth-place tie with Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Na with identical nine-under 133.
“It was just one of those days that I didn’t make enough birdies. I had — I didn’t really have a lot of looks,” said Woods, who fired an opening-round 66 at the par-71, 6,909-yard Mines Resort and Golf Club.
Garrigus fired a second-straight 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Jbe Kruger of South Africa and four strokes advantage over first-round leader Troy Matteson and Greg Chalmers.
In his first CIMB Classic play, Garrigus birdied eight of 11 holes before a bogey on the 18th hole to finish with 128 after two rounds – the lowest score of his career.
“I feel like if I’m putting well, I mean, no disrespect to anybody on the PGA Tour,” said Garrigus, who only has the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic title to his credit.
“They’re all great players. But I feel like I can beat anybody in the world. I’ve played with Tiger. I’ve played with Rory in the TOUR Championship. I hit it just as good as those guys. It’s just the short game,” he added.
Kruger, who finished 28th in the event last year, shot a second-round seven-under 64 to move to solo second.
“It’s the stuff you dream about. But I’ve been struggling with my concentration. So to play with him just to concentrate, it actually helped me,” Kruger said of being paired with Woods.
Matteson followed his opening bogey-free round of 63 with a bogey-free second-round 69 to drop to a tie for third with Chalmers, who carded a second straight 66.