Princess outguns Cyna, seizes 1-shot lead

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Princess Superal outgunned Cyna Rodriguez in a shootout between the ace amateur and the leading pro in another windy day here, birdying the final hole to card a four-under 68 and wrest a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the P750,000 ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Championship at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martires, Cavite on Wednesday.

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Superal’s closing birdie from 10 feet capped the reigning US Girls’ Juniors champion’s superb putting that saw her sink a 20-footer on No. 2, a four-footer on the fourth and a 15-footer on No. 8 and grab the lead at the turn.

The 16-year-old Superal, seeking a repeat of her record run in Baguio moved 18 holes from matching that feat with a six-under 138 aggregate.

“My putting was super today [yesterday], making just 23 putts,” said Superal.

Rodriguez fell back after nine holes but she hit a birdie on No. 10 to draw level until Superal holed out with a birdie on the par-4 18th to take control.

Rodriguez dropped to second at 139 but still led the chase for the top P150,000 purse in the season-ending tournament of the eight-stage circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

Rodriguez stood seven shots ahead of Chihiro Ikeda, who shot an eagle-aided 71 for a 146.

Korean amateur Seng Eun Jeong fired a 69, highlighted by three-straight birdies from No. 2, and gained a rare spot in the championship flight with a 141, just three shots off Superal heading to the final round of the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.

Asian Gamer Pauline del Rosario, also birdied the 18th for the second straight time but dropped to fourth with a 72 and a 143 while Ikeda overcame a three-over card after four holes with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 No. 15 for a 71. With a 146, Ikeda tied another amateur Yuka Saso, who matched par 72, at fifth.

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