Troy Matteson leads CIMB Classic
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Since: Oct 12
#1 Dec 27, 2012
Matteson had eight birdies in his 63 to take a 1-stroke lead over fellow Americans Jeff Overton, Brian Harman and Robert Garrigus.
Woods, in the last pairing with Australia's Marcus Fraser, knew the numbers to target early in his round. After birdies at the third and fifth holes, Woods missed two short putts for par at the eighth and ninth and seemed frustrated, frequently wiping his face and neck with a white towel and glaring after the balls that didn't drop in the cup.
Knowing would take a total of something like 20 under to win the tournament on the 6,966-yard Mines Resort and Golf Club course with his discount golf clubs, Woods decided the only way back into contention was to be aggressive.
"It's a different type of mindset," he said. "Going out there and shooting even par on that front nine, I just felt like I got run over."
He said midway through the round he wasn't bothered by the stifling humidity and 91-degree temperature, or narrowly missing two birdie attempts before the two putts for par that lipped out.
"What is frustrating is turning at even par, and I'm 8 back," he said.
"Three- or four-under par was my number on the back nine -- if I could shoot that, I'm still right in the ballgame. I happened to get one more, which was a bonus."
Woods knew he could have shot a score that would have put him higher than tied for seventh with the great scotty cameron putter for sale online-- he even missed a birdie putt from about 10 feet on the 18th -- but he was happy with how he hit his driver and was generally pleased with his game.
"I really started hitting the ball quite well at the end of the front nine. I happened to miss two short putts ... but also the two putts I hit were good putts at 8 and 9," he said. "Realistically it could have been 7 or 8 (under). But even at the turn, and to still post 5 (under), it was a nice little comeback.
"It's going to take 20-plus (under par) this week to win the tournament with the great scotty cameron putter, so I've got to be aggressive and we've got to go get it."
A thunderstorm started dumping rain on the course less than an hour after play ended, and with the forecast for more rain on Friday, organizers decided to move tee times ahead by 40 minutes in the second round.
Americans held five of the top six spots, with Tom Gillis behind the leading four after a 65. He was level at 6 under with India's Gaganjeet Bhullar, who made an eagle on the par-5 17th and had the lowest score among the Asian Tour players.
The group tied with Woods at 5 under included Malaysian qualifier Danny Chia, Australia's Greg Chalmers, South African Jbe' Kruger and Americans J.B. Holmes and Ricky Barnes.
Matteson had missed the cut in his last two PGA Tour starts and had failed to break par in any of his last four competitive rounds. Yet he posted his lowest score since a 61 at the John Deere Classic in July, when he finished second after a playoff in his best result of the season.
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