SILANG, Cavite – Tom Kim bounced back from an opening 73 with a four-under 68 as the club bet stormed ahead by three over Rupert Zaragosa in the second round of the 2018 Philippine Amateur Open Championship at Riviera Golf and Country Club’s Couples on Friday.
After blowing a two-under frontside card with a closing 39 in the opener, the reigning national junior champion put up a strong start and this time held sway in tough condition at the back to finish with six birdies against two bogeys.
He pooled a 141 and took a provisional three-shot cushion over former champion Zaragosa, who also rebounded from a 73 with a 71 for a 144 heading to the weekend play of the 84-player event.
But while Kim and Zaragosa made up for their over-par starts, erstwhile joint leaders Aidric Chan and Luis Castro failed to sustain their momentum after 70s on Thursday, fumbling with a pair of 75s to drop to joint third at 145, now four strokes off the pace.
Cebu’s Weiwei Gao and Singaporean Abdul Hadi, meanwhile, fought back from a pair of 75s with one-under 71s as they assembled a 146 in a tie with Carl Corpus, who fired a late 70 to force a three-way tie for the lead but stumbled with a 75 and slipped to joint fifth.
Gregory Foo, also of Singapore, also recovered from a horrible 77 start with a two-under 70 to pool a 147 and wheel back into title contention in the 72-hole championship.