Luke List shot a 3-under round of 67 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over fellow Americans Lucas Glover and Scott Brown after the second round of The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in Jeju Island.
List, 32, is at 9-under entering the weekend after posting a clean scorecard with five birdies and no bogeys on Friday. He is seeking his first career PGA Tour victory, and List is coming off a tie for 13th place at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last week.
“Some positive vibes there,” List said. “Anytime you get a bogey-free you are really happy about it. The wind was tricky but I was able to save par a lot and play solid in the back nine.”
Fourth-ranked Justin Thomas followed his 63 on Friday with a 2-over 74 on Friday and is two shots off the pace along with Australian Cameron Smith. It was Thomas’ highest score since an 80 during the second round of the British Open.
American Patrick Reed and Australian Marc Leishman are another shot back along with American Chez Reavie and South Korean Whee Kim, who is the leading South Korean player entering the third round.
List had one second-place finish in 31 starts last season, making 20 cuts with posting three Top 10 results.
“If the wind does not blow out here, there will be a lot of birdies,” List said. “If the wind does blow, you can kind of be a little bit more strategic and try to make some pars out there.”
After 29 players shot in the 60s during the first round, scoring conditions were far more difficult on Friday with only seven players posting rounds under par on the par-70 course at The Club at Nine Bridges.
Thomas is the top-ranked player in the field. No. 9 Jason Day, the only other Top 10 player entered, shot a 74 on Friday and is in a tie for 24th at 2-under.
NOTES: Pat Perez, coming off his third career PGA Tour victory in Malaysia, is tied for 15th at 4-under after shooting a 71 on Friday. Keegan Bradley is tied for 30th at 1-under following his runner-up finish to Perez. … K.J. Choi, the most successful South Korean player on the PGA Tour, is also at 1-under. … Seung-Yul Noh, who recently completed a two-year service in the South Korean army, rebounded from an opening-round 79 to shoot a 5-under 65 on Friday, the lowest round of the day, and vaulted 41 spots into a tie for 36th at even par.