ABABA FORCES LOG­JAM ON TOP

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS -

ANTIPOLO— Jonel Ababa fired a bo­gey-free four-un­der-par 67 in the tough­est con­di­tions of the week thus far in the PGTICTSI For­est Hills Challenge on Fri­day and forged a four-way tie for the lead af­ter half­way leader Kim Joo-hyung of South Korea strug­gled in the clos­ing holes.

Ababa, the first cham­pion of the de­funct Na­tional Cad­dies Open, gunned down all of his four birdies in his last 11 holes to charge from the mid­dle of the pack and catch Thai­land’s It­thipat Bu­ranatan­yarat, Amer­i­can Josh Salah and the in-form Jo­bim Car­los at the helm with 205 to­tals go­ing into Satur­day’s final 18 holes.

Bu­ranatan­yarat and Car­los sub­mit­ted 68s, while Salah, the first round leader, re­cov­ered from a 73 on Thurs­day with a 69 to get back in the ti­tle hunt, with the group now one shot ahead of the burly Kim, who bal­looned to a 75.

Al­bin Engino, the for­mer caddy from Ba­colod still seek­ing his first win as a pro, also stayed well in the hunt by shoot­ing a 69 to be in Kim’s group to­gether with John Ryan Lam, who fired a 67, and South African Mathiam Keyser, who re­turned a level 71.

Kim, who had just three bo­geys to­tal af­ter 36 holes, took a four-shot lead at the start of the day but bo­geyed his last three holes.

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