- Associated Press - Friday, October 25, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP) - Keegan Bradley is playing so well at the CIMB Classic that not even his beloved Boston Red Sox and the World Series can distract him.

Teeing off on Friday at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club while the Red Sox were playing St. Louis in Game 2 of the World Series in Boston, Bradley had seven birdies _ five in a six-hole stretch on his back nine _ and shot a 6-under 66 to open a four-stroke lead at 13-under 131.

Ryan Moore was second, following his opening 63 with a 72.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Stroud shot 69 to reach 8 under.

Phil Mickelson was 3 under after a 70.

The tournament is an official PGA Tour event for the first time. The winner will receive a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.


SHANGHAI (AP) _ Luke Guthrie handled another day of strong wind and kept his distance in the BMW Masters with a 1-under 71, giving the American a four-shot lead going into the weekend of his first tournament in Asia.

Guthrie never let anyone get closer than two shots at Lake Malaren, and he started to pull away with a 20-foot birdie that broke three ways on the 17th. But he misjudged the speed of the 18th green on a long chip and narrowly missed a 10-foot par putt on the final hole.

That put him at 8-under 136, four shots clear of six players in the European Tour event.

Ricardo Gonzalez didn’t make a bogey until the final hole and still had a 67, the lowest round of the day. Also in a tie for second were Scott Jamieson (68), Paul Casey, Thongchai Jaidee and Craig Lee, who each shot 70.

Simon Dyson, also tied for second Friday, was disqualified for a rules violation that was discovered Saturday morning.

In the second round, he marked his ball just beyond the cup on No. 8. As he marked it, Dyson made a quick move to tamp down a spot on the green directly in his line. That violates Rule 16-1a. Because he did not add the two-shot penalty, he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

John Daly showed plenty of power but couldn’t make a putt in his round of 74, which included a double bogey-birdie-bogey finish. He was six shots behind.


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