Bradley takes control at Malaysia's CIMB Classic
Keegan Bradley of the US plays a fairway drive on the 10th hole on during the second round of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) on October 25, 2013
Bradley, the 2011 PGA Champion, moved to 13-under for the $7 million tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, overtaking first-round leader and fellow American Ryan Moore.
Moore was second at 9-under after an even-par 72.
Bradley said he was having a blast playing "some of the best golf I've played in a long time".
"I'm in a great spot with two rounds to go. Every hole out there you can make a bogey. There is no easy hole," said Bradley, ranked 15th in the world.
"I got to keep playing aggressively and shoot a good round the next two days."
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnat and Chris Stroud of the United States were tied for third at 8-under, with Spanish star Sergio Garcia one stroke back.
A day after complaining that he played some of his worst recent golf in round one, world number-three and reigning British Open champ Mickelson said he was "not much better today" as he carded a two-under 70.
That left him 10 shots off the pace and tied for 24th at 3-under.
"I don’t have control of the swing," he said.
"You need to be in control in this golf course as the rough here is very tough."
"My rhythm is better, but technically, there are still many issues to address. It’s going to be tough this week and next and I will probably focus on fixing (the swing) in the off-season."
Mickelson is heading a bumper field at the CIMB Classic, which this year becomes the first PGA Tour event in Asia to offer points for the FedExCup championship that culminates each year in September.
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