Cameron Smith – file photo Henry Peters

Cameron Smith might have lost ground in relation to the lead at the C.J. Cup Nine Bridges on Jeju Island off the southern coast of Korea, but at the halfway mark of the US$9.5 million event he is the leading Australian and five shots from the lead of Justin Thomas.

After beginning the day in a share of 4th place, Smith’s second round of 69 moved him past Jason Day as the leading Australian in the field but he is now in a share of 6th place.

Thomas leads the event by two over first round leader, Byeong Hun An and New Zealander Danny Lee.

Lee has not recorded a top twenty in his last 17 starts and not one top 30 in his last eight starts so the return to form is timely in front of no doubt many friends and family in his country of birth.

Jason Day bogeyed four of his last six holes to slip from his overnight share of 3rd to 17th, Marc Leishman is 28th, Matt Jones 33rd and Won Joon Lee 65th.

With no cut in the event, all 73 players get to play the weekend.