PGA Tour

CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges 2018

October 21-24

Nine Bridges Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea

$9,500,000

October 21-24

Nine Bridges Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea

$9,500,000

Round 2

Scott Piercy leading, Koepka in the chase

October 19, 2018

Brooks Koepka, recently named the PGA Tour player of the year, gave himself the perfect opportunity to become the No. 1 player in the world when he shot a 7-under par 65 to move to within one shot of the lead in the CJ Cup on Friday.

At the Nine Bridges course, the three-time major champion made an eagle on his closing hole to finish on 8-under par 136 after two rounds, just one stroke behind Scott Piercy, who was bogey-free in matching Koepka's 65.

With the wind subsiding and the course playing much easier than on the opening day when the scoring average was 73.26, 44 players - more than half the field of 78 - had under-par rounds.

Overnight leader Chez Reavie added a 70 to his opening-round 68 to sit in third place at 138, three behind Piercy. Sweden's Alex Noren was the other player in with a 65, which moved him into a tie for fourth place alongside Ian Poulter (69), four out of the lead.

The best round of the day was a 64 by Brian Harman, who was tied for sixth and five behind Piercy.

The 28-year-old Koepka will move to the top of the world rankings when they are announced on Monday if he wins the tournament, as long as former No. 1 Justin Thomas, the defending champion here, does not finish any better than second.

Thomas, playing alongside Koepka, matched Koepka's eagle on the last, but that was only for a 70 and he is tied for 22nd place at 1-under.

Koepka's only bogey was on the par-5 ninth hole, where he hit a wayward tee shot. But he was otherwise pleased with the state of his ''caveman golf.''

''I feel like my game is in a good spot. I feel like the way I played today, if I can carry that momentum into Saturday and Sunday, it will be fun,'' Koepka, winner of the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, said.

''My game is pretty simple. I guess you can call it like caveman golf - you see the ball, hit the ball and go find it again. You're not going to see any emotion just because I'm so focused, but I'm enjoying it.''

Piercy, who has fallen to No. 252 in the world ranking despite winning the Zurich Classic earlier this year with Billy Horschel - there are no world ranking points for a team event - was rarely out of position in a round in which he found 13 of 14 fairways off the tee and reached 16 greens in regulation.

''Obviously, the wind was down a little bit and from a little bit different direction, so 10 miles an hour wind versus 20s is quite a big difference,'' said Piercy, who is looking for his first PGA Tour win since the Barbasol Championship in July 2015.

''It was a good day. Hit a couple close and then my putter showed up and made some putts of some pretty good length.''

Australia's Marc Leishman, winner last week at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, shot a 71 and was seven behind. Paul Casey's 73 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole and the Englishman is nine behind Piercy.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Scott Piercy
USA
-9
70
65
135
2
Brooks Koepka
USA
-8
71
65
136
3
Chez Reavie
USA
-6
68
70
138
T4
Alexander Noren
SWE
-5
74
65
139
T4
Ian Poulter
ENG
-5
70
69
139
T6
Brian Harman
USA
-4
76
64
140
T6
Gary Woodland
USA
-4
73
67
140
T6
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-4
72
68
140
T6
Pat Perez
USA
-4
72
68
140
T6
Ryan Armour
USA
-4
73
67
140
T11
Andrew Putnam
USA
-3
73
68
141
T11
Cameron Smith
AUS
-3
74
67
141
T11
J. J. Spaun
USA
-3
71
70
141
T11
Jimmy Walker
USA
-3
72
69
141
T15
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-2
71
71
142
T15
Brice Garnett
USA
-2
73
69
142
T15
Joel Dahmen
USA
-2
72
70
142
T15
Kevin Na
USA
-2
73
69
142
T15
Ryan Palmer
USA
-2
72
70
142
T15
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-2
69
73
142
T15
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-2
75
67
142
T22
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-1
71
72
143
T22
J. B. Holmes
USA
-1
73
70
143
T22
Justin Thomas
USA
-1
73
70
143
T22
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
72
71
143
T22
Patton Kizzire
USA
-1
71
72
143
T22
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-1
73
70
143
T22
Rod Pampling
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T22
Taehee Lee
KOR
-1
72
71
143
T30
Adam Scott
AUS
Par
75
69
144
T30
Brandt Snedeker
USA
Par
72
72
144
T30
Brian Gay
USA
Par
74
70
144
T30
Dong-Seop Maeng
KOR
Par
71
73
144
T30
Ernie Els
RSA
Par
73
71
144
T30
Jason Day
AUS
Par
73
71
144
T30
Jason Dufner
USA
Par
72
72
144
T30
Keith Mitchell
USA
Par
75
69
144
T30
Kyle Stanley
USA
Par
72
72
144
T30
Nick Watney
USA
Par
70
74
144
T30
Paul Casey
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T30
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
73
71
144
T30
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
Par
73
71
144
T30
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
Par
77
67
144
T44
Austin Cook
USA
1
70
75
145
T44
Beau Hossler
USA
1
75
70
145
T44
Brendan Steele
USA
1
74
71
145
T44
Brian Stuard
USA
1
77
68
145
T44
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
76
69
145
T44
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
1
71
74
145
T44
James Hahn
USA
1
76
69
145
T44
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
75
70
145
T44
Kevin Tway
USA
1
73
72
145
T44
Michael Kim
KOR
1
70
75
145
T44
Ryan Moore
USA
1
72
73
145
T44
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
72
73
145
T56
Abraham Ancer
USA
2
75
71
146
T56
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
76
70
146
T56
Danny Willett
ENG
2
69
77
146
T56
Hyung-Joon Lee
KOR
2
74
72
146
T56
Marc Leishman
AUS
2
75
71
146
T56
Stewart Cink
USA
2
77
69
146
T62
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
3
70
77
147
T62
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
76
71
147
T62
Kevin Chappell
USA
3
76
71
147
T65
Billy Horschel
USA
4
74
74
148
T65
Branden Grace
RSA
4
75
73
148
T65
Charles Howell III
USA
4
72
76
148
T65
Chesson Hadley
USA
4
75
73
148
T65
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
4
73
75
148
T65
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
4
75
73
148
T71
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
5
74
75
149
T71
Xander Schauffele
USA
5
76
73
149
73
Jason Kokrak
USA
6
77
73
150
T74
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
7
78
73
151
T74
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
7
76
75
151
76
Doyeob Mun
KOR
8
72
80
152
77
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
9
77
76
153
78
Min-Chel Choi
KOR
10
82
72
154
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Scott Piercy
USA
-9
65
135
2
Brooks Koepka
USA
-8
65
136
3
Chez Reavie
USA
-6
70
138
T4
Alexander Noren
SWE
-5
65
139
T4
Ian Poulter
ENG
-5
69
139
T6
Brian Harman
USA
-4
64
140
T6
Gary Woodland
USA
-4
67
140
T6
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-4
68
140
T6
Pat Perez
USA
-4
68
140
T6
Ryan Armour
USA
-4
67
140
T11
Andrew Putnam
USA
-3
68
141
T11
Cameron Smith
AUS
-3
67
141
T11
J. J. Spaun
USA
-3
70
141
T11
Jimmy Walker
USA
-3
69
141
T15
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-2
71
142
T15
Brice Garnett
USA
-2
69
142
T15
Joel Dahmen
USA
-2
70
142
T15
Kevin Na
USA
-2
69
142
T15
Ryan Palmer
USA
-2
70
142
T15
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-2
73
142
T15
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-2
67
142
T22
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-1
72
143
T22
J. B. Holmes
USA
-1
70
143
T22
Justin Thomas
USA
-1
70
143
T22
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
71
143
T22
Patton Kizzire
USA
-1
72
143
T22
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-1
70
143
T22
Rod Pampling
AUS
-1
73
143
T22
Taehee Lee
KOR
-1
71
143
T30
Adam Scott
AUS
Par
69
144
T30
Brandt Snedeker
USA
Par
72
144
T30
Brian Gay
USA
Par
70
144
T30
Dong-Seop Maeng
KOR
Par
73
144
T30
Ernie Els
RSA
Par
71
144
T30
Jason Day
AUS
Par
71
144
T30
Jason Dufner
USA
Par
72
144
T30
Keith Mitchell
USA
Par
69
144
T30
Kyle Stanley
USA
Par
72
144
T30
Nick Watney
USA
Par
74
144
T30
Paul Casey
ENG
Par
73
144
T30
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
71
144
T30
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
Par
71
144
T30
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
Par
67
144
T44
Austin Cook
USA
1
75
145
T44
Beau Hossler
USA
1
70
145
T44
Brendan Steele
USA
1
71
145
T44
Brian Stuard
USA
1
68
145
T44
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
69
145
T44
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
1
74
145
T44
James Hahn
USA
1
69
145
T44
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
70
145
T44
Kevin Tway
USA
1
72
145
T44
Michael Kim
KOR
1
75
145
T44
Ryan Moore
USA
1
73
145
T44
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
73
145
T56
Abraham Ancer
USA
2
71
146
T56
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
2
70
146
T56
Danny Willett
ENG
2
77
146
T56
Hyung-Joon Lee
KOR
2
72
146
T56
Marc Leishman
AUS
2
71
146
T56
Stewart Cink
USA
2
69
146
T62
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
3
77
147
T62
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
71
147
T62
Kevin Chappell
USA
3
71
147
T65
Billy Horschel
USA
4
74
148
T65
Branden Grace
RSA
4
73
148
T65
Charles Howell III
USA
4
76
148
T65
Chesson Hadley
USA
4
73
148
T65
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
4
75
148
T65
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
4
73
148
T71
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
5
75
149
T71
Xander Schauffele
USA
5
73
149
73
Jason Kokrak
USA
6
73
150
T74
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
7
73
151
T74
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
7
75
151
76
Doyeob Mun
KOR
8
80
152
77
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
9
76
153
78
Min-Chel Choi
KOR
10
72
154