ANGELO Que birdied the 18th for a 66 to regain the lead in the third round of the Aboitiz Invitational on Thursday at the Manila Southwoods’ Legends course in Carmona, Cavite.
The Japan Tour regular was at 199 through 54 holes, one stroke ahead of Indonesia’s Ian Andrew and former Philippine Open champion Miguel Tabuena.
Andrew shot a 69 and dropped to joint second at 200 with Tabuena, who took charge in the second round with a bogey-free 64 but could not sustain the momentum in windy Carmona and came up with a third-round 71 in the tournament offering a top prize of $17,500 (around P890,000)
Andrew mishit his final drive deep into the fairway bunker and struggled to reach the green in three and muffed a three-footer on the closing hole.
“I thought I stroked it well,” rued Andrew of his final putt from short range that enabled Que to wrest back the lead heading to the final 18 holes of the the $100,000 championship serving as the kickoff leg of the new PGT Asia Tour put up by ICTSI.
Despite his solid start, Que said it wasn’t easy because of the wind.
“I am quite satisfied with my game. A good putting touch served me well in the outward nine,” said Que.
“I got into a bit of a bump in two of the first three holes at the back side, but I was able to recover and made the birdie in the end.”
“My target is to shoot at least five-under,” said Que, who is coming off a record 12-shot victory in the ICTSI Classic at Mt. Malarayat last month.
Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat shot a 64 for fourth spot at 203, four strokes behind Que.
Elmer Salvador fired a 66 and moved to solo fifth at 205.
Jobim Carlos fired a 68 to tie Charles Hong, who carded a 70, at 206.
Tony Lascuña shot a 68 for a 207 for joint eighth with Ira Alido and Micah Shin, who turned in 69 and 70, respectively, in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.