Hurley leads CIMB by 2; Westwood, Garcia 3 back


Billy Hurley III shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-shot lead after 36 holes of the CIMB Classic. Here's a rundown on the tournament at the midway point in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Leaderboard: Billy Hurley III (-10), Kevin Streelman (-8), Seung-Yul Noh (-7), Jeff Overton (-7), Kevin Chappell (-7), Ryan Moore (-7), Sergio Garcia (-7), Lee Westwood (-7), Kevin Na (-7).

What it means: Navy veteran Hurley is seeking his first PGA Tour win. His best finishes have been a pair of fourths - at last season's Greenbrier Classic and at the 2012 AT&T National.

Round of the day: Westwood's 7-under 65 was the day's low round, highlighted by the veteran's 15th ace, made with a hybrid on the 225-yard 11th hole.

Best of the rest: Hurley's second consecutive 67 was fueled by a first-nine 30 (he started on No. 10) that featured six birdies and no bogeys.

Biggest disappointment: Tim Wilkinson was in the top five after the first round with a 68, but he went south big-time, following it with a 79. The New Zealander was comfortably motoring along at 1 under par for the round through seven holes, but his next 12 holes were birdie-free and included six bogeys and a double bogey.

Main storyline heading into the weekend: While Hurley seeks his first win, among those in closest pursuit of him are two European Ryder Cup stalwarts, Westwood and Garcia. It was Garcia being criticized by Nick Faldo for his performance in the 2008 Ryder Cup that set in motion the chain of events that led to Ted Bishop being removed from office as president of the PGA of America. This time Garcia is in the spotlight for a much better reason - his good play.