Song fin­ishes strong, wrests PGTA lead by 1

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

TAR­LAC – Young Lee Song siz­zled early at the back then closed out with two birdies in the last three holes to shoot a six-un­der 66 and wrest a one-stroke lead over Amer­i­can John Jack­son and lo­cal bet Rolando Marabe Jr. at the start of the $100,000 ICTSI Luisita Cham­pi­onship at the Luisita Golf and Coun­try Club here.

The long-hit­ting Song, 19, birdied all par5s then added five more birdies against three bo­geys in an im­pres­sive round for a player who turned in a medi­ocre joint 29th fin­ish in last week’s PGTA Q-School topped by Thai Sat­taya Supupra­mai.

“I played well to­day (yes­ter­day) and my putting worked well,” said the Cavite-based Korean, who hit 10 fair­ways and 14 greens on his way to a 35-31 card, spiked by five birdies in the first seven holes at the back where he teed off.

But Jack­son and Marabe stood just a stroke be­hind with 67s while Aussie Nicholas Coxon shot a 68 and Er­win Ar­cil­las, Thai Varanju Rat tan a phil boo nkij and South African Mathiam Keyser turned in iden­ti­cal 69s, hint­ing at a spir­ited bat­tle for the top $17,500 purse in the 72-hole cham­pi­onship kick­ing off the sec­ond sea­son of the re­gion’s new­est cir­cuit put up by ICTSI.

Jack­son, a 30-year-old ace from San Diego, and the un­her­alded Marabe put in a pair of bo­gey-free five-un­der cards in scorch­ing heat while Coxon leaned on a five-birdie binge in a seven-hole stretch from No. 6 against a bo­gey on the fifth to join the crowded leaderboard.

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