Woodland and Leishman share lead in Kuala Lumpur

Gary Woodland matched Justin Thomas' course record to join Marc Leishman at the top of the leaderboard in Kuala Lumpur.

Gary Woodland, joint-leader of the CIMB Classic   -  Getty Images

Gary Woodland tied the course record to take a share of the lead with Marc Leishman at the halfway mark of the CIMB Classic.

Woodland came into his own on the TPC Kuala Lumpur West course on Friday, carding a magnificent 11-under 61 in his second round to match a record Justin Thomas set when he claimed the title three years ago.

There were 11 birdies from Woodland, who is eyeing a first victory since claiming his third PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Open in February.

The world number 38, a runner-up in this tournament in 2013 and 2014, said: "It's nice to stay aggressive out there. This golf course suits up pretty good for me; I've had success here in the past. It's nice to be back and playing well."

Leishman will also start moving day on 14 under following a blemish-free 10-under second round.

The Australian is yet to claim a victory in 2018, but has a great opportunity to secure a fourth PGA Tour title this weekend.

Paul Casey and Shubhankar Sharma are just a shot behind the joint-leaders following rounds of 65 and 64 respectively, while Austin Cook and Bronson Burgoon - leader after the first round - are another stroke back.

Two-time champion Justin Thomas is back on nine under following a 69, which included just the three birdies but no dropped shots.

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