36 holes are in the books at the short TPC Kuala Lumpur setup, and birdies have been abundant. The familiar face of defending champion Justin Thomas sits atop the leaderboard after rounds of 64 and 66. Thomas is two shots clear of Anirban Lahiri heading into the weekend and will try to join Ryan Moore as the CIMB Classic’s only back-to-back champions. Thomas will have to hold off Lahiri as well as Russell Knox, James Hahn and Hideki Matsuyama, who are at 11 under, 3 shots back of Thomas. Catch this weekend’s live coverage from 11pm-3am EST on the Golf Channel on Friday and Saturday night.
Fighting for cards
We saw it unfold a few weeks ago on the PGA Tour and now it's the European Tour’s turn as this week’s Portugal Masters signals the last chance for players to make a move and retain their job by finishing within the top 110 in the Race to Dubai Standings.
Thru one round at the Victoria Clube de Golfe, Marc Warren leads the way at 8-under par. The Portugal course has no rough (yes, all fairways) and players hinted at the possibility of a round or rounds in the 50s prior to play. So far, the scores have reflected this as 38 players shot 67 or better. Follow along with round 2 here.
Tiger sits down with Charlie Rose...
With the Tiger Woods Foundation turning 20 years old, Tiger Woods gave a rare one on one interview with none other than PBS’s Charlie Rose. The interview aired last night and here are the cliff notes…
- Tiger is targeting a mid-December return. Looking at the schedule, most likely the Hero Challenge, a tournament he hosts in Jamaica.
- Despite his numerous transgressions that came to public light during Thanksgiving of 2009, Tiger said he has only one regret, that he didn’t spend one more year at Stanford. That can’t make Elin too happy.
- When asked if Tiger thought he would break Jack’s major record he responded with:
Defining good golf course architecture
Ever wonder what makes a golf course fun to play whether you brought your A-game or C-game? We asked some of the brightest minds in golf course architecture for their answer to the question, “what is good golf course architecture?” Read the full article here.
Added to the Hall
The World Golf Hall of Fame announced its class of inductees for 2017, adding 5 new members to the elite group. The group included Ian Woosman and Davis Love III along with LPGA legends Lorena Ochoa and Meg Mallon and British golf journalist, Henry Longhurst.
Michigan gem Arcadia Bluffs to add a second course.
Worth a read: Golf Digest’s lengthy talk with Jesper Parnevik.
No Beau Hossler rule for now in college golf.
Trouble in paradise? Ko and caddie split.
Notorious club chucker Spencer Levin strikes again.
“The Boy Wonder”
Parlaying off the fanfare and high praise that the Anthony Kim “Legends Never Die” apparel received, NLU has their latest release up in the store, a tribute to “The Boy Wonder” Tadd Fujikawa. For those who forgot, the 15-year-old Fujikawa burst onto the golf scene in 2006 when he qualified for the U.S. Open and became the youngest player to ever play in the event. While Fujikawa missed the cut, he earned the hearts of millions of golf fans. Honor this legend today with NLU’s bevy of Tadd Fujikawa merch options.