TONY Lascuna shot a 67 to build a six-stroke lead over Angelo Que in the second round of the P2.5 million ICTSI Wack Wack Championship on Thursday at Wack Wack’s East course.
The veteran parbuster, who turns 42 later this month, started in the morning on the back nine and quickly made a charge with birdies on Nos. 11 and 14.
Lascuna strung up three birdies from No. 16 then moved to six under with another birdie on No. 3 before suffering a bogey on the seventh when he missed a six-foot par putt.
The overnight joint leader now vaulted to solo first place at 137, six shots clear of Que who had a 73 for a 143 total.
"My swing, iron and woods have been great, I'm just really feeling good right now," said Lascuna, who looks set to finish the season on top of the Order of Merit.
"I hope I can sustain my form in the last two rounds and hopefully win this tournament," said Lascuna, joint fifth with Que behind Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia in the Johor Open in Malaysia.
Que struggled in the afternoon winds and had nines of 37-36.
"While he (Lascuna) went for birdies because there was still no wind, I was forced to just go for pars because of the wind, which was coming from all directions," said Que.
But no lead is safe at Wack Wack as Frankie Miñoza has proven by battling from seven strokes down in the final round to capture last year’s staging of the final leg of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc.
However, two-time Philippine Open champion Miñoza has fallen behind by 11 with a four-over 76 on Thursday for a 148 total in a tie with Orlan Sumcad, who had a 77 after a 71.
Zanie Boy Gialon, a two-leg winner like Lascuna, shot a two-under 70 and moved to solo third at 144.
Elmer Salvador, the only player with a chance to dislodge Lascuna from the top spot of the money list, carded a 73 for a 145.
Mhark Fernando and James Ryan Lam stood at 146 after a 73 and 75, respectively, while Miguel Tabuena turned in a 71 to join Clyde Mondilla (72) and Carl Santos-Ocampo (75) in seventh at 147.
Juvic Pagunsan rebounded with a 74 after a 79 for a 153 as he safely made the cut at 159, but that was 16 shots off the pace with two rounds left in the event sponsored by ICTSI and backed by Empire Golf, Titleist, Footjoy, Callaway, TaylorMade, Mizuno, Srixon, Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp with Balls, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Inquirer Golf as media partners.