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    Miñoza moves four strokes clear at Pueblo

    Jul 11, 2013
    Frankie Miñoza hits one eagle on each nine and takes a four-stroke lead despite a bogey-bogey windup.

    FRANKIE Miñoza hit two eagles in scoring a new course record eight-under 64 and pulling away by four strokes after two rounds of the P1 million ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Championship on Thursday in Cagayan de Oro.

    Miñoza, winner of The Country Club Invitational in February and the Del Monte Championship last week, is at 13-under 131.

    Angelo Que fired an eagle-aided 66 for a 135 total.

    Both teed off on the back nine and shot blemish-free 29s — Que eagled the par-5 15th, while Miñoza answered with his own version of an eagle on the par-5 17th.

    But Que had a 37 going back, while Miñoza came up with a 35.

    Orland Sumcad also fired a 64, eclipsing the previous mark of 65 posted by Charles Hong in winning the tournament last year.

    “Maganda lang ang palo at putting,” said the soft-spoken Miñoza, whose two eagles, the last on No. 7, cushioned the impact of a bogey-bogey finish.

    Elmer Salvador shot a second straight 68 for a 136, five strokes off Minoza.

    “It got windy lang for me at the front,” rued Que, who flashed superb shotmaking and iron play at the back to produce five birdies inside four feet and an eagle he drained in some 15 feet off the 15th green.

    Although he said later he had no idea of Que’s birdie-spree ahead of him, Miñoza eerily made it look like a shootout between two of the tour’s revered players, birdying all four holes that Que birdied (Nos. 12, 14, 16 and 18).

    “Ganun ba? I really had no idea of what Angel was doing. I just played my game and tried to make the most out of it,” said Miñoza, who went straight to the practice range to prepare for the final 18 holes of the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike Golf, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, Mizuno, Titleist, Srixon, Foot Joy, Callaway, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers, Cleveland Golf and Sharp.

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    Rufino Bayron carded a 69 for fourth spot at 137, erstwhile co-leader Joenard Rates settled for a 71 for fifth at 138.

    Jay Bayron, Benjie Magada and Sumcad shared sixth place at 139.

    Hong made a 69 to move up to ninth at 140, while Tony Lascuna struggled with a 73 and dropped to joint 10th with Marvin Dumandan, who had a 70 for 141.

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    Frankie Miñoza hits one eagle on each nine and takes a four-stroke lead despite a bogey-bogey windup.
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