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Bayron pulls away by 4; rivals crumble

TAGAYTAY, Philippines — Rufino Bayron went on a birdie-binge midway through then pounced on Tony Lascuña and Jhonnel Ababa’s late foldup to storm to a four-stroke lead on a five-under 67 in the third round of the ICTSI Splendido Classic here yesterday.

Bayron blew an overnight one-stroke edge but fought back from two down with a four-birdie splurge in a five-hole stretch from No. 7 to regain the lead. He then pulled away as Lascuña limped with a triple-bogey on the par-4 13th for a 71 and Ababa reeled back with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 15 for a 70.

Rufino Bayron sets up for his drive on No. 2.
He birdied the 18th to cap a 34-33 card for a four-stroke cushion over new pursuers Clyde Mondilla and Mars Pucay, moving 18 holes away from snapping a long title spell with a 12-under 204 aggregate in the $100,000 championship sponsored by ICTSI.

Despite a huge lead, Bayron remains wary of his chances and a slew of rivals ready to pounce on the slightest miscue for a shot at the top $17,500 purse in the second leg of the inaugural PGT Asia Tour.

“No lead is safe here at Splendido, especially in the presence of the wind,” said Bayron, who last won at Orchard in the 2015 Philippine Golf Tour season. “But I’ll still do what I’ve been doing in the first three days – play it steady and be consistent.”

Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/09/10/1737594/bayron-pulls-away-4-rivals-crumble

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