NILO Salahog took charge as the erstwhile frontrunners slowed down in rainy condition, rattling off eight birdies against two bogeys for a 66 and a one-stroke clubhouse lead over Orlan Sumcad in the second round of the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship on Thursday at the Legends course.
Salahog, a fifth-year pro looking to finally score a win, is at 14-under 130.
Sumcad shot a 65 for a 131.
“Foremost in mind is to really make the cut,” said Salahog, who tied for 36th last week at Orchard.
“But I’m playing great golf over 36 holes. It was fun golf with those scores.”
He, however, stressed that he does take this tournament seriously, only he’s so delighted sinking birdie putts from close or long range.
“I’m constantly working on my short game, especially putting. Now, I am earning the fruits of my labor,” said Salahog, who birdied Nos. 1, 3 and 6 to negate a missed green bogey on the fourth then made a chip-in birdie from 10 yards to grab the clubhouse lead.
Peter Stojanovski of Macedonia, who entered the second round tied for the lead, shot a two-under 70 and slid to joint third at 132.