KOREAN TEENER LEADS BY ONE AT LUISITA AFTER 66
South Korean expatriate Young Lee-song birdied two of his last three holes on Tuesday to shoot a six-under-par 66 and grab a one-shot lead over John Jackson and obscure local Rolando Marabe at the start of the $100,000 ICTSI Luisita Championship in Tarlac.
Taking advantage of his length, the 19-year-old Song, who finished 29th in last week’s Q School, birdied all four par-5s and had five more against three bogeys for a 35-31 effort that sealed his best start in the two-year-old circuit.
“I played well and my putting clicked,” said the Cavite-based Korean, who hit 10 fairways and 14 greens.
Jackson and Marabe were a stroke back after flawless rounds, with Aussie Nicholas Coxon shooting a 68.
Erwin Arcillas, Thai Varanju Rattanaphilboonkij and South African Mathiam Keyser turned in 69s.
Coxon had a string of five birdies from No. 6 to highlight his round.
Marabe, whose best finish was third at PGTA Wack Wack topped by Tony Lascuña last year, birdied Nos. 3, 5, 8, 11 and 14 and preserved his unblemished card with four scrambling pars. He could’ve tied Song if not for a three-putt par on the par-5 ninth.
Jhonnel Ababa, winner of two legs in the inaugural PGT Asia, and Jay Bayron likewise put themselves in early contention with 70s for joint ninth, tied with Thais Jaturon Duangphaichoom, Sorachut Hansapiban and Pitipat Pitimana-aree, Korean Kim Sung Wook and Finland’s Teemu Putkonen.
Young Lee-song: Best start in two-year ICTSI circuit