MORONG, Bataan – Jay Bayron pricked young Micah Shin’s bubble early to wrest control but blew a big lead with a faltering finish, settling for a 70 and a two-stroke edge over Tony Lascuña after the third round of the P3.5 million ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational at the Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club.
Bayron went on a birdie binge and charged back from two shots down to lead by many as five with a bogey-free four-under card after 13 holes. But he fumbled with a missed-green bogey on No. 16, birdied the next but hit an errant drive on No. 18 and holed out with a double-bogey for a 33-37 card and a 209.
While Bayron wavered at the finish, Lascuña birdied two of his last four holes for a 71 and a 211 total.
Shin, who set a course record 66 on Thursday to upstage the star-studded field, never recovered from a bogey-riddled 42 at the front and tumbled to fifth at 214 after a 77, enabling the big-hitting Orlan Sumcad to take third spot and a crack at the top P650,000 purse in Saturday’s championship flight.
Sumcad, who emerged the surprise runner-up to Thai Itthipat Buranatanyarat in last month’s ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic of the Asian Development Tour, rallied with two birdies in the last six holes to fire a 70 for a 212.
Cassius Casas matched that four-under overall output with a 71 while Angelo Que followed a second-round 67 with a woeful 74 and slipped to sixth at 215, six shots off Bayron heading to the final 18 holes of the fifth leg of this year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Frankie Miñoza and Miguel Tabuena both matched par 72s and remained tied at 216 while Michael Bibat also shot a 72 to join Japanese Toru Nakajima (73), Rufino Bayron (74) and Mars Pucay (75) at 218.
“It won’t be easy. For as long as there are holes to play, I can’t be so sure (of victory),” said Bayron, seeking to end a year-long drought that started after he rallied from nine strokes down to snatch the ICTSI Splendido crown from brother Rufino early last year.