Mandela saves 72, the lead is compressed to two

Clyde Mandela

Clyde Mandela sits on the leaderboard with a shimmering start before moving on to second place with a swaying finish.

Demonstrating his determination to save a round that went out of hand, Clyde Mandela shot three of his four birdies, returned to level-par 72 in the back nine, and took a two-shot lead over Dutchman Guido van der Volk. The final of the P2-Million ICTSI Splendido Rhythm Championship in Laurel, Batangas.

The Bukendon-based long-hitter signed for a triple-bogie 8 at No. 9 and was on the verge of losing a seven-shot lead to open the third round, but Mandila somehow kept the ship steady to return home for 34 runs. 202 Van der Volk Eagle-Spiked 66 for a total of 204 runs.

“It will happen,” Mandela said of the triple-bogie that gave him 38 frontside. “At least I’m still in the lead, though it’s a close fight now.”

Antonio Lascuna cracked the equivalent of the third round by carving a 69 to mathematically stay in it with 206 in the final 18 holes of the event hosted by the Philippines Golf Tournaments, Inc.

Meanwhile, amateur Mafy Singson closed out with a 72 to win the P750,000 Ladies Championship.

Singson, playing for Manila Southwoods, scored 215 to return Chanel Avaricio (73), Hermie Constantino (71) and Sunshine Barrackel (74). Professionals split the champion’s wallet, declaring Singson ineligible to win money.

Miguel Tabuena, the first-round men’s leader, scored 80 runs for Mandela’s six shots, which he beat in the playoffs for the Luisita title last March.

“There was pressure, but I could bear it,” Mandela said of her adventure in No. 9. “I got a bad bounce. [on the tee shot] There. “

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