Rosales takes lead in Riviera Classic-A A +A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
SILANG — Gerald Rosales relived his glory days at Riviera, bucking a windy start with a fiery charge at the back to net a four-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Edward Reyes at the start of the P2.5 million ICTSI Riviera Classic.
Rosales, coming off a joint fourth place finish in last week’s ICTSI Splendido Classic, knocked down three straight birdies at the back after a one-birdie, one-bogey stint at the front then added two more in the last five holes to negate a bogey mishap on the 17th and take charge of the 72-hole championship.
“The wind was strong early on but disappeared in the last five holes,” said Rosales, who bested a tough field to win the Philippine Open here in 2000, which proved to be his last major win as he went on a slump with injuries and poor form.
Reyes, who never got back into the mix after finishing second to Miguel Tabuena in the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour kickoff leg at Sherwood last March, birdied three of the last 10 holes while saving a couple of pars to stay right behind Rosales at 68.
“My iron shots were solid today and the wind suddenly stopped at the back,” said the 19-year-old Reyes, who rammed in a four-footer for birdie on No. 11 before holing out with a 20-footer on the 18th.
Michael Bibat launched his bid for a second crown after scoring a breakthrough at ICTSI Palos Verdes last June with a two-under 69 for solo third while Mhark Fernando overcame an opening double-bogey mishap with four birdies against a bogey to tie James Ryan Lam at fourth at one-under 70. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 17, 2013.