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    Eagle-aided 68 gives Pauline Del Rosario four-stroke lead at Splendido

    Nov 21, 2017
    Pauline del Rosario is the only player to score under par in the opening round.

    PAULINE del Rosario fired an eagle-aided 68 for a four-stroke lead after the first round of the ICTSI Splendido Ladies Classic on Tuesday at Taal Splendido Golf Club in Tagaytay.

    Looking to bounce back from a third place finish at Forest Hills, Del Rosario put on a strong start with three birdies in the first eight holes then rebounded from a three-putt miscue on No. 9 with an eagle from 40 feet on the par-5 No. 10.

    “I really prepared hard for this after Forest Hills, where I relaxed a bit coming off a long break,” said del Rosario.

    Chihiro Ikeda, winner at Forest Hills, had a disastrous 40 on the front nine but bounced back on the back nine, birdying three of the first four holes then negating a bogey on No. 16 with closing back-to-back birdies for a 72.

    Cyna Rodriguez, who topped the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit winner trhee times, was six shots off the after a two-over 74.

    She opened with a birdie on the par-5 No. 2 but struggled the rest of the way, dropping strokes on Nos. 7 and 8 before bogeying the par-3 12th.

    “I’ll just try to play the same as today and hope to make the most of my birdie chances,” said Del Rosario.

    “Cyna and Chihiro are seasoned players so I will just try to lessen a couple of mistakes on the course.”

    Chonlada Chayanun of Thailand was in fourth at 75.

    Pre-tournament favorite Princess Superal fired an 80 for a share of 12th with Sarah Ababa.

    Superal overcame a double-bogey on the first hole with birdies on the next two but the former LPGT champion fumbled with another double-bogey on the ninth then had a back nine 41 marred by a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th in the P750,000 event backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.

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    Pauline del Rosario is the only player to score under par in the opening round.
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