SEOK Jun Min of Korea birdied the 18th for a 66 and a one-stroke lead over Rey Pagunsan in the first round of the ICTSI Splendido Classic on Wednesday in Tagaytay.
Michael Bibat was in third after firing a 68 at Splendido Taal Golf Club.
Pagunsan highlighted his round with eagled on par-5 No. 2 and went on a shootout with Seok, who took control on the closing hole.
Tony Lascuña fired a 69 for a share of fourth with Jhonnel Ababa and Micah Shin of the US.
Jay Bayron, back-to-back winner at Wck Wack and Riviera Classic, carded a 70 to join brother Rufino Bayron and Mhark Fernando in joint seventh.
Clyde Mondilla winner at Mt. Malarayat last week, had a 74 for joint 24th with Orlan Sumcad and Marvin Dumandan, eight strokes off the pace.
Bibat got to six under with a four-foot birdie putt on No. 16, but he dumped his tee shot into the bunker on the par-3 17th and wound up with a double-bogey and slid to third.
“I’ve been playing solid until I got a bad break in the bunker on the 17th,” rued Bibat, who missed an eagle putt from six feet on No. 10.
Cassius Casas, John Rey Pactolerin and Aussie Peter Stojanovski all carded 71s while Jobim Carlos, Keanu Jahns, Jun Bernis, Erwin Arcillas and Mars Pucay matched par 72s for a share of 13th in the P2 million event sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.