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    Clyde Mondilla rules Philippine Masters for second straight PGT win

    May 27, 2017
    Clyde Mondilla wins in Villamor after ruling Southwoods.

    CLYDE Mondilla scored his second straight victory, fighting from four strokes behind to bag the ICTSI Philippine Masters crown with a closing 70 on Saturday at Villamor Golf Club.

    Winner at Southwoods last week, Mondilla frustrates Tony Lascuna for the second time in as many weeks.

    Lascuna, last year’s top money earner on the Philippine Golf Tour, finishes second again, this time tied with Jhonnel Ababa and Nicolas Paez of the US.

    “I just played it safe at the front and when learned that I was near the leaders, I made my move,” said the 24-year-old Mondilla, who drove the 368-yard par-4 No. 10 and two-putted for birdie.

    He added another birdie from five feet on the next and drilled in a four-footer on No. 13 en route to a six-under 282 total to claim the P360,000 prize.

    Lascuna fired a 73, Ababa came up with a 70 and Paez carded a 72. They finished at 283 and each received P168,333.

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    First day leader Jobim Carlos also wheeled back into contention with a three-under card after 11 holes but the sophomore pro fumbled with bogeys on Nos. 12 and 16 before hitting birdie on the 18th to finish with a 70. He finished joint fifth at 284 with Zanieboy Gialon, who made a 73, and second-round leader Nathan Park of Australia, who shot a 71. Each got P78,000.

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    Jerson Balasabas turned in a 71 and wound up ninth at 286 while Keanu Jahns shot a 77 for a 287.

    Third-round leader Joenard Rates carded an 80 to wind up joint 10th at 288 with Mhark Fernando, who shot a 69.

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