Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Australian Smith leads by one at CIMB Classic

Australian Smith leads by one at CIMB Classic

Kevin Na nailed a 45-foot putt for a birdie at the 15th and then holed an iron for an eagle at the 16th but bogeyed the last to drop to a share of fifth with fellow Americans Gary Woodland and Pat Perez after carding a 66.

The 41-year-old American shot a seven-under-par 65 in today's round for a two-day total of 13-under-par 131, while compatriot Xander Schauffele, was just a shot adrift with 12-under-par 132.

He made his move with four gains in a row after the turn and finished with back-to-back birdies to ensure he will head into the weekend as the man to catch.

With last year's victor, Justin Thomas, totaling 23-under par, Matsuyama believes he has his work cut out for him over the final two days.

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South Korea's Sung Kang shot 68 to finish the day on nine under, tied in third with Smith and Belgium's Thomas Pieters.

The Japanese enjoyed a good 2016/17 season, adding the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to his collection whilst he also climbed to number three in the world.

Keegan Bradley is a further shot back, while Justin Thomas looks unlikely to win the tournament for a third successive year as the FedEx Cup victor is 10 shots adrift of Perez following a one-under 71.

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