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Ababa does it with record 7 strokes

GENERAL TRIAS, Cavite  , Philippines  —  Jhonnel Ababa broke a long title spell with a record seven-stroke victory at the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational yesterday, recovering with flourish from each bogey mishap to dominate Elmer Salvador with a closing three-under 69 at the Aoki course here.

Ababa fought back from a bogey start with a three-birdie string from No. 3, recovered from another missed green miscue on No. 6 with birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 then birdied No. 14 after another bogey, finishing the last four holes unchallenged as Salvador settled for a run of pars from No. 3 and closed out the last seven holes with two bogeys.

Jhonnel Ababa raises his arms in triumph after completing his romp in the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational. Joey Mendoza
Ababa, 33, wound up with a 10-under 278 aggregate, emerging the lone player to churn out a run of under par cards in all four days at the wind-raked layout (68, 71, 70) and beating Salvador, who fumbled with a 74 and a 285, by seven for the most lopsided win thus far in the Philippine Golf Tour Asia put up by ICTSI.

“It’s been a long while and I’m very happy to finally score a victory again,” Ababa, who banked $17,500 for his first win since he triumphed in Sabah, Malaysia in 2014.

“I just played superb all week,” added Ababa, who produced 20 birdies against 10 bogeys in exacting conditions in the four-day $100,000 championship, which served as the sixth leg of the region’s newest circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

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