Piercy leads, Koepka lurks at CJ Cup tournament in S Korea

Rex Christensen
October 21, 2018

Koepka shot a seven-under 65 in the second round of The CJ Cup on Jeju Island on Friday and sits just a shot behind leader Scott Piercy after 36 holes. Hopefully, I can play well again and go one better than past year", he said."The course is wonderful.

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Ben An, Ian Poulter and Michael Kim are part of a big group at 2 under while Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Paul Casey are another shot back in a tie for 11th. Koepka had four birdies on his front-nine, the last coming from just off the green on the eighth hole.

An eagle three at the 18th helped Koepka also sign for a seven-under round - which could have been better but for a bogey at the par-five ninth. We still plan to pull the tees back 15 yards, to make them more relevant.

It was also a bad day for former Masters champion Danny Willett, who was one off the lead overnight before an ugly 77, including five bogeys and one double-bogey, dropped him to two over par and outside the top 50 in the 78-player field.

"If there's no wind, you can definitely take advantage of it", he said.

"I had four months off at the beginning of the year, so probably fresher than most guys, which is nice", Koepka said.

The unflappable one, who barely shows emotion on the course regardless of his score, said he tries to keep a simple approach. I mean, I guess you can call it like caveman golf. "I am trying to shoot the best score I can, and to enjoy it and have fun. You're not going to see any emotions because I am so focused".

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"The difference between CIMB and here obviously is about 25 degrees temperature wise", Piercy said.

"At Nine Bridges, we've tried like the dickens to use design elements to create that resistance to scoring-but we did so with the Jeju winds [and how they traditionally blow in October] firmly in mind".

Rod Pampling could not consolidate on his opening round of 70 and slipped to a share of 22nd with his round of 73 while Adam Scott and Jason Day both made good moves early in round two before faltering over the closing stages of their rounds. "I'm hitting it well, making putts".

"I mishit a lot of shots and missed some putts because of the wind yesterday", he said.

"I feel like my game is in a good spot".

"As far as the hat goes, I was not prepared for the cold weather here".

The disappointment proved to be a taste of things to come for Leishman, who was also runner-up at the Byron Nelson and had four other top-10 finishes in a solid but ultimately frustrating year.Back in the winner's circle, the 34-year-old is keen to cash in at the $9.5 million tournament in Korea.

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