Through two rounds in South Korea, Scott Piercy leads the CJ Cup after a second round 65. The stellar round puts Piercy one shot ahead of reigning U.S. Open and PGA Champion Brooks Koepka. Piercy is looking to bounce back after a lackluster 2017-2018 season in which he recorded only one top 10 finish. Leaderboard

The Host with the Almostest

Tournament host Sergio Garcia (-3) is two shots behind the mighty Ashley Chesters (-5) at the Valderrama Masters in Spain. Chesters made six birdies to go along with just one bogey and sits atop a very crowded leaderboard. There are three other Spaniards in the top 10 with Sergio: Alvaro Quiros, Gonzolo Fernandez-Castano, and Jorge Campillo. Leaderboard

The Un-Sung Hero

In the least surprising news of 2018, Sungjae Im was announced as the Tour player of the year on Thursday. He won two events this year and easily topped the season long money list. Im becomes the youngest player of the year (20) and the first Korean born player to win the award.

Shotgun Start

Andy revises his “event of the week” based on a new revelation. Then he delivers his top five events he wants to take the Shotgun Start on the road to in the coming year. And then Berry Henson, a veteran of the Asian Tour who played in last week’s CIMB Classic, joins for a fascinating interview about pro golf on the other side of the world. Berry entertains with great anecdotes on some of the oddjobs, such as driving Ubers, during a lengthy injury rehab. He also regales us with some of the great “lost in translation moments” and experiences from his eight years playing pro golf in Asia. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify

Quick Hooks

World #1 Ariya Jutanugarn is on top of the Buick LPGA Shanghai event in China. She leads Danielle Kang and Sei Young Kim by 1 shot. Leaderboard

The PGA Tour announced it would be giving caddies a health care option for 2019.

Michelle Wie announced on Thursday that she underwent another surgery on her ailing wrist. The fan favorite has been out for the better part of the fall but is now on the final leg of her journey back.