ZIMBABWE’S Brendon de Jonge stormed into contention at the CIMB Classic underway in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after jumping 11 places on the leaderboard to a tie for fifth place after yesterday’s second round at the Mimes Resort and Golf Club.
The US-based golfer crafted a bogey-free, six-under-par 65 in his second round to add to his opening 68 on Wednesday to end the day on nine-under 133.
The Harare-born in-form golfer, who is still gunning for his first PGA Tour victory made three birdies on both nines yesterday to take his tally for the tournament to 11 against just two bogeys.
De Jonge was just five shots behind halfway leader, American Robert Garrigus, who backed up his opening 64 with another to secure outright possession of the 36-hole lead at 14-under-par 128.
Two back after a 64 of his own is former Zimbabwe Open champion Jbe’ Kruger from South Africa, who is now competing on the Asian Tour.
Overnight leader Troy Matteson from the US found the going tougher on day two and is now four off the pace after slipping to a tie for third alongside Australian Greg Chalmers (66) after adding a 69 to his opening 63.
Former world number one Tiger Woods remains within touching distance of the leaders after a 67 left him in tied fifth place — five shots back.
Woods mixed six birdies with two bogeys in a round of 67 which left him at nine-under alongside Kevin Na (66) and De Jonge (65).—Sports Reporter