ROOKIE pro Jobim Carlos fired a second straight three-under 69 to stand two strokes ahead of overnight leader Rene Menor after Thursday’s second round of the ICTSI Manila Masters at the Eastridge Golf Club in Binangonan, Rizal.
Carlos sizzled after a brief drizzle at noon with four birdies to negate a lone bogey mishap on the last par-5 on No. 18 and take the top spot at 138.
“The wind was strong and the rain poured in after the first few holes. But it’s good to still score in this round,” said Carlos.
Looking to rebound after finishing in joint 18th in the Asian Development Tour event at Sherwood last week, Carlos is playing steady as the top pros struggle.
He birdied the par-5 13th, the par-4 15th and the two other par-5s at the front.
Menor added a 72 to his opening 68.
“My putting was awful and I missed five makeable birdie putts,” said Menor.
Defending champion Angelo Que fired a 75 after an opening 72 for a share of 12th with Japan’s Yuta Sudo (73) and Sam Ayotte (72) of the US.
Miguel Tabuena stood 10 strokes off at 148 after a 72.
“I started on the wrong foot. But I regained my composure at the back,” said Tabuena.
Clyde Mondilla had a 72 for a 142.
Jay Bayron matched that output with a second 71.
Frankie Minoza opened with a triple-bogey seven on No. 10, dropped another stroke on the next but recovered with two birdies against one more bogey to close out his backside stint. He then rattled off three birdies at the front for a 72 and a 143 total, five strokes off Carlos.
Chris de los Santos turned in a 71 and was in solo sixth at even 144, while Gerald Rosales, impressive with an opening 69, shot himself in the foot with a 77 and tumbled down to joint seventh with Zanieboy Gialon, Edward Reyes, Tony Lascuna and Dutchman Guido Van der Valk in the P3.5 million championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.