BAGUIO: Cyna Rodriguez wielded a hot putter and produced a bogey-free six-under 63 to seize a four-stroke lead over a rallying Thai Amolkan Phalajivin as Jayvie Agojo limped with a horrendous 77 at the start of the P500,000 Camp John Hay Ladies Invitational at John Hay Golf Club here on Tuesday.
Despite lack of practice on the rolling par-69 layout following a stint in Taiwan last week, Rodriguez still flashed top form, turning in a solid 32-31 round that set in motion her bid for a second title on the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour after dominating the kickoff leg at Orchard in April.
“I just like John Hay greens, they roll to my liking,” said Rodriguez, who arrived late Monday and missed the traditional pro-am.
But the reigning Order of Merit champion didn’t miss a putt all day, sinking a 15-footer on the first hole to get her rhythm going. She tapped in for birdie on the second, rolled in a seven-footer on No. 8, knocked down another birdie from two feet on No. 12 before birdying the last two par-5s on Nos. 16 and 17 from 15 and 20 feet, respectively.
The former Philippine Ladies Open champion also credited her caddie for her scorching start in the 54-hole tournament serving as third stage of the eight-leg circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“She was good and was really a big help,” said Rodriguez.