LEGASPI TAKES CHARGE WITH 69, TOWS PH TO JOINT LEAD

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Miya Legaspi birdied two of the last three holes to fire a three-under 69 and emerge the surprise leader in individual play while towing the Philippines to a share of the lead with powerhouse South Korea at the start of the Queen Sirikit Cup at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Malaysia late Wednesday. Legaspi, the Asian Youth Games gold medalist, actually leaned on a fiery start of 34 at the par 37-35 Bunga Raya Course, highlighted by a three-birdie string from No. 5 and her late birdies negated her bogey-bogey mishaps from No. 11 to find herself on top of the stellar field from 12 other member countries. Her sterling round put her one stroke ahead of China’s Shi Yuting, who carded a 70, and two up on Korean Lee So Young, who turned in a 71 in a tie with Japanese Haruka Morita.

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