KUALA LUMPUR: Keegan Bradley seized a four-shot lead on day two of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Friday as a struggling Phil Mickelson conceded his erratic swing was in line for off-season repairs.
Bradley, the 2011 PGA Champion, moved to 13-under for the $7 million tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, overtaking first-round leader and fellow American Ryan Moore.
Bradley said he was having a blast playing “some of the best golf I’ve played in a long time”.
“I’m in a great spot with two rounds to go. Every hole out there you can make a bogey. There is no easy hole,” said Bradley, ranked 15th in the world.
“I got to keep playing aggressively and shoot a good round the next two days.”
Bradley fired in seven birdies, including five on a torrid final nine.
Moore was second at 9-under after he followed up his sizzling opening-round 63 with an even-par 72.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud of the United States were tied for third at 8-under, with Spanish star Sergio Garcia lurking one stroke back.
A day after complaining that he played some of his worst recent golf in round one, world number-three and reigning British Open champ Mickelson said he was “not much better today” as he carded a two-under 70.
That left him 10 shots off the pace and tied for 24th at 3-under.
“I don’t have control of the swing,” he said.
Just about the only regret for Bradley—who spent some of his youth in Boston—was being unable to follow his beloved Red Sox in the World Series.