ARIE Irawan surged past erstwhile joint leaders Micah Shin and Miguel Tabuena with a four-under 67 on Friday, taking a three-stroke lead after the third round of the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational at Eagle Ridge’s Aoki course in Gen. Trias, Cavite.
Two behind Shin and Tabuena at the start of the round, the power-hitting Irawan produced seven birdies in another hot but windy day. He made a birdie on No. 17 after a double-bogey mishap on the previous hole and wound at 209.
The 24-year-old Irawan, one of Malaysia’s most promising talents, try to hold on and claim his second Asian Development Tour win.
Shin birdied Nos. 10 and 12 but suffered bogeys on two of the last four holes for a 72 and a 212 total.
Tabuena was also at 212 after a 72, while American Brett Munson joined them in second place after firing a 70.
Tabuena dropped strokes on Nos. 5 and 9 but birdied the par-5 11th.
The tournament, the first of a two-week ADT swing in the country sponsored by ICTSI and co-organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., is using preferred lies because there have been dry patches on the par-71 course since round one.
Choo Tze Huang of Singapore, also sizzled with seven birdies, including three straight from No. 11, as he matched the tournament-best 66 although he stood four strokes behind at 213.
Yoon Sejun of the US had a 71 for sixth at 214, Thai Poosit Supupramai shot a 60 for a 215.
Jun Bernis fired the day’s other 66 to jump from a share of 40th to joint eighth at 216 in a tie with Tony Lascuna, who carded a 70, and Elmer Salvador, who rallied with a 67.
First-round leader Ferdie Aunzo limped to a 76 and tumbled to joint 11th at 217 with Clyde Mondilla (69) and Thai Panuwat Muenlek (71).
Rufino Bayron shot a 71 for 218.
Angelo Que came up with a 78 after a solid 68, dropping to joint 30th at 223.