TONY Lascuna survived a tough stretch on the back nine, while Miguel Tabuena had another relatively quiet day as two top Filipino players moved up a few notches on the leaderboard in the third round of the Asian Tour’s Resorts World Manila Masters.
Lascuna and Tabuena both shot 69, moving from joint 24th to a share of 17th spot at 10-under 206, six strokes off the pace with 18 holes left to play at Manila Southwoods.
Lascuna had four birdies on the front nine, but had three early bogeys on the homeward nine including back-to-back from No. 10.
He recovered with birdies on No. 14 and the closing hole.
Tabuena, meanwhile, had two birdies on the front nine and two on the back, his lone bogey coming on No. 2.
Big-hitting Sutijet Kooratanapisan, started the day at No. 2, shot an eagle-aided 69 and wound up on top at the end of the day as overnight leader Jyoti Randhawa slipped to joint third with a 74 that included double-bogey on No. 2.
Phachara Khongwatmai also fired a 69 and was alone in second at 202, while with Randhawa in third at 203 were Jbe Kruger of South Africa (67) and SSP CHowrasia of India (71).
Jhonnel Ababa was in 27th spot at nine-under after firing a 68, while Jay Bayron was in a big group in 44th at seven under after a 70.