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Justin Thomas shoots 61 to take PGA Tour lead in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Justin Thomas had an eagle and nine birdies in shooting a course-record 11-under 61 at the CIMB Classic on Friday, taking the lead into the weekend at the PGA Tour event.

Thomas moved to 15-under 129 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club for a one-stroke lead on Brendan Steele, who shot 63 and matched Thomas by having an eagle at the par-5 No. 3.

This is the third time Thomas, 22, has led at the halfway point of a tour event. He is still seeking his first victory.

Thomas said he was coping with jet lag and the oppressive heat. "I never have been to this part of the world before, and my body is still adjusting," he said.

First-round leader Scott Piercy had two bogeys on the front nine to shoot 69 and was two shots back with Spencer Levin (64) and Hideki Matsuyama (66).

Tiger has another back procedure: Tiger Woods had a followup procedure to his September back surgery to relieve discomfort and is on bed rest, he said on his website. "It's one of those things that had to be done," he said. He is expected to make a full recovery, said neurosurgeon Charles Rich, who did the procedure Wednesday. There is no timetable for Woods' return.

European: Jaco van Zyl held on to the lead at the Turkish Airlines Open by shooting 3-under 69 in the second round for 14-under 130 at Antalya, Turkey. Richard Bland (65) and Chris Wood (66) were two shots back in the first of the tour's four-event Final Series. Rory McIlroy shot a second straight 67 to sit four back.

LPGA: Sei Young Kim took advantage of Lin Xi-yu's wind-blown collapse to take the second-round lead in the Blue Bay LPGA at Hainan Island, China. Kim shot par 72 along the South China Sea at Jian Lake Blue Bay. She was at 2-under 142. First-round leader Lin was 7 under and five strokes ahead after five holes, then bogeyed eight of the last 13 for a 77 that left her two strokes back. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (77) was 11 over.

Champions: Scott McCarron and Steve Pate shared the lead at 8-under 63 after the first round of the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach, Calif. Billy Andrade and Rod Spittle were a stroke back in the final full-field event of the season. The top 30 on the money list after the tournament qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week.

Justin Thomas shoots 61 to take PGA Tour lead in Malaysia 10/30/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2015 10:12pm]
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