Five strokes off the lead after two rounds, Tiger Woods thinks the CIMB Classic course "can be had" and still expects a total of better than 20 under par to win it.
Robert Garrigus, the second-round leader by two shots over Jbe' Kruger, has upped the ante. With back-to-back rounds of 64 and a 14-under 128 total, he's looking to go 10 strokes beyond Woods' projection to win the tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"I'm going to try to get to 30 if I can," he said, explaining in his first tournament of the year he was 6 over after eight holes and played the next 54 at 32 under. "So I can do it. I just need to do it on the weekend when it counts."
Meanwhile, Woods was upstaged by playing partner Kruger on Friday at The Mines. Playing his first competitive round with Woods, Kruger had eight birdies and just one bogey for a 64 in soggy conditions.
At 132 were Greg Chalmers (69) and overnight leader Troy Matteson (69).
Woods had a 67 and was tied for fifth at 9 under with Kevin Na (66) and Brendon De Jonge (65).
The two bogeys in Woods' round followed wayward tee shots. At the fourth he sliced right and landed near four parked vans and a row of public toilets. At the 12th, he hit into a thick, grassy bank on the right of the fairway.
"The golf course can be had, especially if we have ball in hand like we did today," Woods said. "It's wet. It's a little bit muddy ... (but) it can be had out there. I just have to get after it tomorrow, where at least I have a chance going into Sunday."
With the course still damp after a tropical storm the previous night, players were allowed to lift, clean and place in the closely mowed areas through the green.
European Tour: Peter Hanson shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Rory McIlroy after the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai.
Hanson had a 14-under 130 total at Lake Malaren. He bogeyed his opening hole but quickly rebounded to enjoy a run of nine birdies in a 13-hole span.
The top-ranked McIlroy had seven birdies in a 65.
LPGA Tour: Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 to share the second-round lead with Inbee Park in the LPGA Taiwan Championship in Yang Mei.
The winners the last two weeks in the opening events on the tour's Asian swing, Pettersen and Park had 10-under 134 totals at the Sunrise course. Park shot a 69.
Yani Tseng (69), the top-ranked Taiwanese star who won the tournament last year, was two shots back along with Catriona Matthew (66).
Pettersen beat Matthew in a playoff in South Korea last week.
Paula Creamer (73) was at 142, a shot ahead of Michelle Wie (72).
The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending event at TPC Craig Ranch, and the final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. At 11th on the money list, Hicks already has wrapped up a tour card. He had an 8-under 134 total.
Justin Bolli (71) and Brad Fritsch (71) were at 136, a shot ahead of Alameda's James Hahn (67).
Champions Tour: Mark Calcavecchia shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead over Kenny Perry in the suspended first round of the AT&T Championship in San Antonio.
Thirty-three of the 80 players were unable to complete the round at TPC San Antonio because of darkness. Play was delayed 3 hours, 18 minutes by a rainstorm.
Perry was 3 under with three holes left when play was suspended.
Tom Kite shot a 70, and Willie Wood also was 2 under with a hole left.