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    Kim survives wobbly finish to win by one, Hwang cruises to 16-stroke victory as Koreans sweep Philippine Amateur Open

    Jan 7, 2018

    TOM Kim survived a wobbly finish for a one-stroke victory with a one-over 73, while Hwang Min-Jeong scored a 16-shot win in the women’s side on Sunday in the Philippine Amateur Open Championship at Riviera Golf and Country Club in Silang, Cavite.

    Kim got the win as Luis Castro flubbed a pressure-packed birdie putt from five feet on the final hole.

    Kim overcame a tough finish as he bogeyed two of the last three holes, ending up at 285.

    Castro carded a closing 69 for runner-up honors at 286, while Weiwei Gao matched par 72 for third at 291.

    Rupert Zaragosa was fourth at 292 after a closing 76 followed by Singapore’s Gregory Foo (71-293), Abdul Hadi, also of Singapore (71-294), Paolo Wong (72-296), and American Chris Yeom (70) and Gen Nagai (74), who tied for eighth at 297.

    Carl Corpus (75) and Thai Nopparat Panichphon (75) shared 10th place at 298.

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    Hwang Min-jeong closed with a 73 for an 11-under 277 total, adding the crown to her growing list of victories that includes an LPGT win in 2016 at Mt. Malarayat.

    Kim Hee Ji shot a 70 and ended up second at 293 while Lee Ji Hyeon carded a 73 and tied Lois Go, who had a 79, at third at 294.

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    Harmie Constantino, winner in 2016, finally broke par with a 69 for fifth at 298 followed by Mikha Fortuna (73-302), Clare Legaspi (76-303), Thai Tunrada Piddon (73-305), reigning Philippine Ladies Open champion Bianca Pagdanganan (75-308) and Sofia Legaspi (74-310) in the PLDT National Amateur Golf Tour event organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

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