CYNA Rodriguez fired a five-under 67 to further boost her bid for a LPGA Tour card on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time)in the fourth round of the qualifying tournament.
Rodriguez, the top player on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, rose from joint 16th to a share of fourth with Maude Aimee LeBlanc of Canada, who fired a 69, and Victoria Elizabeth, who shot a 68.
They were at nine-under 279, still way off the pace as China’s Simin Feng shot a second straight 69, but on track for an LPGA Tour card.
The top 20 finishers on Sunday will earn full LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive conditional status.
Rodriguez shot six birdies and suffered her only bogey on the closing hole.
Dottie Ardina, who had played in the Symetra Tour, came up with a 74 and slipped from joint 48th to a share of 59th at 290.
Feng was at 273, five ahead of Korea’s Julie Yang and Cydney Clanton.
"I played some really steady golf today," said Feng. "My putting was going well, so I was able to capitalize on my ball-striking. I was just a little disappointed in the par-5 holes, I didn't make any birdies. My driver was going where I wanted it to and my irons were good."
Yang had a 71 on the Jones Course, and Clanton shot a 72 on the Hills Course.
Feng played on season at Vanderbilt before turning professional last year. She tied for sixth in the event last season to earn an LPGA Tour card.
"My mindset coming into the tournament was to try and win," Feng said. "Instead of thinking top 20, I think trying to win gives you a little bit of an edge. I wanted to try and finish on top of the leaderboard and now I have a chance."
Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, had a 73 on the Jones Course to drop from a tie for 16th into a tie for 24th at 3 under.