Kuala Lumpur: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri made up for the slow start on the opening day with a flawless five-under 66, that was one of the only five bogey-free rounds on the second day of the USD 6.1 million CIMB Classic on Friday.

Lahiri, even-par for the first day, is now five-under for 36 holes, the same as compatriot Gaganjeet Bhullar, who after the first day high of six-under 66 struggled to a one-over 72 on second.

The Indian duo was tied 23rd in the 48-man field, of whom 38 posted sub-par rounds on second day.

Meanwhile, Asian Tour's Jbe Kruger outscored playing partner Tiger Woods with a seven-under 64, which moved him to second place and two shots behind halfway leader Robert Garrigus (64-64).

Though he missed a few birdies putts, Lahiri was quite happy with his second round.

"After yesterday, I knew I had to go out there and try to shoot a low score. I got it going pretty well. I was three-under through seven. Then I just hit a roadblock of putts. I hit it close on a number of holes, but didn't read the greens very well today. I should have easily made three or four putts more. But I can't really complain and I'll take a 66," said Lahiri.

On the difference between first and second rounds, Lahiri felt, "Yesterday I hit a few bad shots that cost me bogeys off the tee. I putted very poorly yesterday, so I definitely putted better (today).

"I hope I can putt good over the weekend. The course was playing a little easier because it was softer. So even if your ball was going to the sides of the fairway, it would just plug.

"It's been a great (experience). I played with two different US Tour players. Both, I think are winners on the Tour. It gives me a good feel."

In the event's two-year history, the best finish by a player in the field from the Asian Tour Order of Merit was last year's tied fifth by Mardan Mamat.

Garrigus, making his first CIMB Classic start, birdied eight out of 11 holes between seven and 18 but closed with a bogey on the 18th hole to finish with his second consecutive 64 and move to 14-under with a two-stroked lead.

The 36-hole total is the lowest of Garrigus' career. His previous low on the PGA TOUR was 130 at this year's RBC Canadian Open.

Kruger, paired with Tiger Woods, shot a second-round seven-under to move to second, two off the lead, heading into the weekend.

Kruger finished tied 28th here last year.


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