LIPA, Batangas: Cyna Rodriguez proved again she’s a cut above the rest, turning the final round of the P500,000 ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic into a victory walk as she ran away with a 10-shot victory over Amolkan Phalajivin of Thailand with an eagle-spiked 66 at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club’s on Friday.
The win was one off her 11-stroke romp over Phalajivin at John Hay last month but Rodriguez, after an early scare from the Thai ace, virtually wrapped up her third crown in four tournaments after nine holes when she fired a bogey-free three-under 33 and led by five over Phalajivin and Jayvie Agojo.
It was cruise control from there as Rodriguez came through with routine pars in the first four holes and pulled away as Phalajivin and Agojo instead made bogeys while trying to chase birdies. Rodriguez did stumble with a bogey on the tough par-5 14th but blitzed the next two holes with birdies then gunned down an eagle from 30 feet out on the 17th to cap her domination of the 54-hole tournament sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“Amy (Amolkan) was smoking at the start. I knew it and realized I had to match her intensity. Then I played my game and was able to knock down birdies,” said Rodriguez, who finished with a nine-under 207 and pocketed another P100,000 that firmed up her bid for back-to-back Order of Merit crown on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.