American Luke List took the lead at the CJ Cup on Friday by firing a bogey-free, 5-under 67. List is at 9-under through 36 holes, giving him a 1-stroke lead over fellow Americans Lucas Glover and Scott Brown.
Justin Thomas, the Day 1 leader and 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year, slipped to fourth place at 7-under following an uncharacteristic 2-over 74 on Friday.
“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.”
The 32-year-old List, in his 10th year as a professional, has never won a PGA event. His lone victory came on the Web.com Tour in 2012. He took command of the lead by birdying three straight holes from 8-10.
After his blazing hot start on Thursday, Thomas was 3-over on the front nine, and didn’t record his first birdie until the 10th hole. He crept to 1-over with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 before bogeying 18.
Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed, who had been tied for second behind Thomas after one round, each shot a 72 to stay at 6-under, tied for sixth, three strokes off the lead.