WARRNAMBOOL golf export Marc Leishman has produced the round of the day to rocket up the leaderboard at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.
Leishman yesterday shot a seven-under-par 65 to rise to fifth overall. He has a two-round score of seven-under-par 137.
He celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday by signing for an even-par 72 to open the tournament.
Leishman hit an eagle, six birdies and two bogies in his second round. He picked up six strokes on holes three through nine, having started on the 10th.
But he is well behind runaway leader Keegan Bradley, whose rounds of 65 and 66 give him a two-round score of 131 at the halfway mark.
Bradley is four shots ahead of fellow American Ryan Moore (63, 72) while Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67, 69) was a shot further back.
Leishman was 60th on the PGA Tour money list with $1.491 million in prizemoney from 23 events this year.
His season included representing the Internationals at the President’s Cup.
But he missed the cut in the first event of the new season.