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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

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