Campbell Grabs Lead in Rainy Malaysia


Michael Campbell managed to squeeze in a nifty round of 67 Friday to grab a spot of the outright lead at 8-under 136, before heavy rain and lightening ensued and halted play in Day 2 of the Carlesberg Malaysian Open.
Campbell leads by two shots over Elliot Boult and Padraig Harrington. While Boult completed his round Friday with a score of 66 to finish on the mark of 6-under, Harrington only made it through 14 holes before the weather moved in. He will pick up first thing Saturday morning with 22 other groups.
As for Campbell, his round was nifty indeed, as for the second day in a row, he holed out another full iron shot. While Thursday's came from 81 yards at the par-4 4th, Friday's occurred from approximately 91 yards at the par-4 1st (his tenth hole of the day).
'Holing two shots within 24 hours is unheard of for me, it's unbelievable,' he said. 'Again, I didn't see it go in but apparently it spun back from about six feet.'
Yet, despite his good fortune and despite the fact that he sits alone atop the leaderboard, the 31-year-old New Zealander claims to not quite be on form yet.
'I didn't play that well to be honest,' he admitted. 'There were a few good birdie putts but little besides that. If you take away the two shots I've holed it's not really that good, but I'm not complaining. There is still plenty of room for improvement.'
Fellow Kiwi Boult's game seems like it is already improving. After an opening score of 72, his bogey-free second round of 66 came as the lowest of the day.
'It was one of those rounds when everything went right,' he proclaimed. 'The most important thing was holing a lot of short putts which is a must around here. It is a tricky course and if you get the wrong side of the hole you will be struggling all day.'
Reigning U.S. Masters champ Vijay Singh seems to have a good idea of where to place the ball on the Saujana layout. Through 16 holes on Friday, the Fijian was at 5-under-par when play was halted. He will pick it up Saturday morning.
'Hopefully I can make two birdies to finish up my second round and come back fresh for the third round.'
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