Philippine Daily Inquirer



CA­GAYAN DE ORO— South Korean teener Kim Joo-hyung gunned down six of his 11 birdies in a flaw­less back nine on Thurs­day to shoot a nine­un­der-par 63 and seize a twoshot lead over coun­try­man Lee Song af­ter 36 holes of the ICTSI Pue­blo de Oro Cham­pi­onship here.

The 16-year-old hit five of those in a string from No. 11 to pol­ish off a 33-30 ef­fort that again put him in the mix for a break­through ti­tle, tow­ing the tal­ented field with a 132 ag­gre­gate as overnight leader Jo­bim Car­los slowed down with a 71 to be three shots off.

Lee was also bo­gey-free in carv­ing out his 68 for 134 with Jo­hvanie Abaño shoot­ing a 70 to be an­other two shots be­hind and reign­ing Masters cham­pion Jessie Balasabas also shoot­ing a 70 to be at 138 like Elmer Sal­vador and Park Jun-sung, the third Korean in the Top 10.

Sal­vador shot a 68 and Park a 71.

“Ev­ery birdie putt I stroked found the hole. I have never been this con­fi­dent with my putting as be­fore,” said Kim, who last played for Manila South­woods as an ama­teur in the PAL In­ter­club ear­lier this year.

He needed just 24 putts in the sec­ond round.

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