ALBIN Engino returned after a two-hour delay due to lightning and fired three birdies coming home for a second straight two-under 69 and a share of the lead with Charles Hong and Robert Pactolerin in the second round of the $60,000 ICTSI Riviera Classic in Silang, Cavite.
Engino came through with superb iron shots to set up birdies from close range at the front, hitting a four-footer on No. 2, a pin high on No. 5 and a tap-in on the seventh, turning a so-so 37 start at the back into a solid 69 for share of the spot at 138.
“The long break helped a lot since I became relaxed at resumption and got my putting going,” said Engino, who also produced an explosive windup of a five-under 31 at the back in the first round Wednesday.
Hong, who opened with an eagle and birdie in the first round but ended up with an even 71, had a bogey-free 67 highlighted by back-to-back birdies from No. 16.
India’s Shubhankar Sharma led the foreign bets with a 68, after erstwhile joint leaders Nils Floren of Sweden and England’s Grant Jackson tumbled with similar 73s.
Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert, ranked No. 5 on the ADT Order of Merit, shot a 67 for a 139 total matched by England’s Peter Richardson and local bets Michael Bibat, Miguel Tabuena and Elmer Salvador. Rey Pagunsan was at 140 after a second 70.
Jackson and Floren dropped to joint 11th at 141 along with Japan’s Tomokazu Yoshinaga, who carded a 69.
Australia’s Darren Tan and Elmer Saban submitted even par 142s after a pair of 71s.
Sixty-six players made it to the final two rounds of the event backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports Phils. Inc., Srixon, Callaway, Mizuno, Empire Golf, Footjoy, Titleist, Custom Clubmakers, Sharp and KZG, with Cassius Casas barely making the cut at 149 after a 75.