Playing at a venue, where a victory 18 months ago was the catalyst in lifting him onto the world stage, Anirban Lahiri put himself in contention for a maiden PGA Tour title, when he added a second successive 66 to move within two shots of the lead at the halfway stage of CIMB Classic. Lahiri who has shot 66-66 at the US$7 million CIMB Classic, the only event in Asia co-sanctioned by Asian and PGA Tour events, is now Tied-second after 36 holes.
Defending champion Justin Thomas, helped by a closing double bogey by the till-then bogey-free Lahiri, pulled two shots clear of the Indian. Thomas has rounds of 64-66.
The other two Indians Gaganjeet Bhullar (70) was two-under for 36 holes and Tied-54th, while SSP Chawrasia (74) was two-over in Tied-73rd. Lahiri was poised to tie Thomas but suffered a double bogey at the par five 18th hole, the second straight day he has dropped two shots at the end of his round.
The par-72, 7,005 yards TPC KL is where Lahiri won the Malaysian Open and then added the Hero Indian Open to make the world’s Top-50 and subsequently the PGA Tour.
The 23-year-old American, Thomas, has held at least a share of the lead since last year’s second round, and on Friday he put together six birdies on his card for a 14-under-par 130 total.