JAY Bayron came out of a one-hour rain delay in sizzling form, firing a six-under par 66 to humble the star-studded field and seize a one-stroke lead over Jun Bernis at the start of the Aboitiz Cebu Country Club (CCC) Invitational at the CCC course yesterday.
Bayron, who had a string of runner-up finishes on the ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour and Mercedes Benz Tour this year, rolled in two long putts for birdies and finished with seven to negate his lone-bogey mishap on the final hole when he drove into the woods.
“Ewan ko ba pero parang nanggigigil ako pagdating sa final round. Masama palagi short game,” said Bayron, who hopes to settle down this time.
Heavy rains in the early morning rendered the par-72 layout soggy, forcing the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. to delay the start of the 54-hole championship serving as the 10th leg of the ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour. It also allowed the players to lift, clean and replace the ball.
But 21 players turned in under-par scores at the end of the long day, including Frankie Miñoza, who showed his readiness to contend for the top P200,000 purse with 69; Juvic Pagunsan and Angelo Que, who both fired two-under 70s; Jun Bernis, who had a 67; and Artemio Murakami, who scored 68.
“Finally, I am getting back and looking good,” said 27-year-old Murakami, who finished 6th in the ICTSI-Del Monte leg last month.
“I’ve been driving good. It’s getting better,” said Murakami who finds the CCC course very challenging.
Eighty players including country’s leading pros, such as former RP Open winner Que, Mars Pucay, Tony Lascuna, Ferdie Aunzo, Cassius Casas,and Benjie Magada are vying for the top plum in this 10th leg of the ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour.