Pieters takes halfway lead at Maybank

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Ernie Els was two shots behind Maybank Championship leader Thomas Pieters on a crowded leaderboard after the second round on Friday.

Els carded a 2-under-par 70 to reach 6 under at the European Tour event.

There were 15 golfers within three shots of Pieters, who was at 8 under overall after a 69 he wasn't pleased with. He bogeyed the par-4 second hole, and made four birdies.

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Rank Player Earnings
1 Shane Lowry €1,113,962
2 Ian Poulter €817,109
3 Richard Sterne €791,454
4 Joost Luiten €631,152
5 Bryson DeChambeau €606,089
6 Louis Oosthuizen €604,483
7 Justin Harding €591,723
8 David Lipsky €496,578
9 Matt Wallace €496,008
10 Haotong Li €475,558
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