Local Amateur Pagunsan Moves Into Joint Lead in Dhl Philippine Open

Manila, February 28: Local amateur Juvic Pagunsan carded the days best round of five-under-par 66 to earn a share of the third round lead in the DHL Philippine Open today.

Pagunsan sank seven birdies at Riviera Golf and Country Club, raising local cheers as he eclipsed some of the Asian Tours top players with a three-day total of two-under-par 211.

Young Australian Adam Groom carded a 71 to tie Pagunsan as the leading duo ended the day two strokes ahead of Qualifying School graduate, American Edward Michaels who shot a fine 69.

Young Australian Adam Groom carded a 71 to tie Pagunsan as the leading duo ended the day two strokes ahead of Qualifying School graduate, American Edward Michaels who shot a fine 69.

Pagunsan enjoyed matching 33s and roared to the front with an explosive finish of three closing birdies. He won the Southeast Asian Games individual gold medal in 2001 in Malaysia and has been strongly tipped to join the paid ranks in the near future.

If he wins on Sunday, the slender-built Pagunsan could become only the third amateur player to win a professional event on the main tour in Asia, following in the footsteps of Koreas Kim Dae-sub, who won the Korean Open in 1998, and New Zealands Eddie Lee, winner of the Maekyung Open in Korea in 2002.

If he wins on Sunday, the slender-built Pagunsan could become only the third amateur player to win a professional event on the main tour in Asia, following in the footsteps of Koreas Kim Dae-sub, who won the Korean Open in 1998, and New Zealands Eddie Lee, winner of the Maekyung Open in Korea in 2002.

211 – Juvic Pagunsan [A] (PHI) 75-70-66, Adam Groom (AUS) 65-75-71
213 – Edward Michaels (USA) 70-74-69
214 – Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 68-71-75
215 – Richard Moir (AUS) 69-73-73, Jonathan Cheetham (ENG) 70-71-74
216 – Antonio Lascuna (PHI) 69-74-73, Amandeep Johl (IND) 67-74-75
218 – Chen Yuan-Chi (TPE) 71-74-73, Adam Fraser (AUS) 71-73-74
219 – Glenn Joyner (AUS) 72-74-73, Danny Zarate (PHI) 72-73-74, Alistair Presnell (AUS) 71-74-74
220 – Attaphon Prathummanee (THA) 74-75-71, Rick Gibson (CAN) 72-75-73, Jay Bayron [A] (PHI) 70-76-74, Scott Taylor (USA) 72-73-75, David Gleeson (AUS) 69-74-77, Angelo Que (PHI) 72-71-77
221 – Jamnian Chitprasong (THA) 75-74-72, Robert Pactolerin (PHI) 70-78-73, Lin Chie-Hsiang (TPE) 72-75-74, Weng Young-Tien (TPE) 70-76-75, Edwin Estrera (PHI) 69-76-76, Mo Joong-Kyung (KOR) 73-72-76
222 – Antolin Fernando (PHI) 74-75-73, Greg Hanrahan (USA) 71-77-74, Edwin Sanchez (PHI) 71-76-75, Uttam Singh Mundy (IND) 73-73-76, Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 72-73-77
223 – Tomokazu Yoshinaga (JPN) 79-71-73, Bryan Saltus (USA) 75-73-75, Jerome Delariarte (PHI) 72-75-76, Sushi Ishigaki (JPN) 72-75-76, S. Sivachandran [A] (MAS) 71-76-76, Vivek Bhandari (IND) 73-72-78
224 – Marciano Pucay (PHI) 71-79-74, Amritinder Singh (IND) 73-75-76, Ross Bain (SCO) 72-76-76, Gary Rusnak (USA) 71-74-79
225 – Marvin Dumandan [A] (PHI) 71-79-75, Eiji Mizoguchi (JPN) 71-78-76, Danilo Delos Santos (PHI) 73-74-78
226 – Gaurav Ghei (IND) 73-77-76, Morne Van Rensburg (RSA) 70-79-77, Don Klenk (USA) 71-78-77, Sung Mao-Chang (TPE) 76-74-76, Elmer Salvador (PHI) 71-78-77, Rodrigo Cuello (PHI) 75-74-77, Clay Devers (USA) 73-75-78, Airil Rizman Zahari (MAS) 74-73-79
227 – Vic Santia (PHI) 74-76-77, Danny Chia (MAS) 71-78-78, Marlon Dizon (PHI) 73-76-78, Benjie Magada (PHI) 70-78-79, Edgar Ababa (PHI) 72-75-80, Lu Wei-Chih (TPE) 71-76-80, Yeh Chang-Ting (TPE) 75-72-80, Anthony Kang (USA) 71-74-82 228 – Lito Rempojo (PHI) 71-77-80, Peter Minoza (PHI) 74-74-80 229 – Raymund Sangil [A] (PHI) 73-76-80, Lu Wei-Lan (TPE) 72-73-84 230 – Lin Wen-Hong (TPE) 72-78-80, Satoshi Tomiyama (JPN) 71-79-80, Rodolfo Ardimar (PHI) 74-76-80, Ashok Kumar (IND) 71-78-81 Chen Tze-Chung (TPE) 77-73-80 Tomoo Bise (JPN) 72-78-80 231 – Ebarra Quiachon (PHI) 72-78-81 232 – Artemio Murakami [A] (PHI) 70-80-82