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Marvin Dumandan holds slim lead entering final round of PGT Davao

September 15 ------ MARVIN Dumandan got past erstwhile leader Justin Quiban with a 72 in the third round of the ICTSI South Pacific Classic in Davao. The Riviera pro had a quiet one-birdie, one-bogey card for a seven-under 209 total after earlier rounds of 69-68.

Quiban had a 75 and wound up in a tie for second at 210 with local bet Elee Bisera, who fired a 70. “I’ve never been in the lead after scoring a win in the 2009 Apo Classic,” said Dumandan. “I missed being on top and I hope it continues,” added the big-hitting shotmaker, saying he’ll be stepping on the first tee on Friday without any pressure. There’s no reason to get pressured. I just missed this spot.”

Cebu-based Japanese Gen Nagai likewise gave himself a shot for a maiden win with a second straight 70 he spiked with a second straight eagle on the par-5 No. 2. He was tied with Nilo Salahog, who floundered with a 76, at 211. Salahog also hit an eagle on No. 12 but made five bogeys at the back for a 37-39 that came after back-to-back sterling rounds of 67-68. Defending champion Tony Lascuña limped with three bogeys in the last nine holes and ended up with a 72 for joint sixth at 212 with Keanu Jahns, who carded a 71, and Forest Hills and Del Monte winner Clyde Mondilla, who rallied with a 69.

Elmer Salvador shot a 71 to tie Rupert Zaragosa, who slipped with a 75, at 213. Lloyd Go turned in the day’s best 68 to gain a share of 11th at 214 with Sean Ramos, who carded a 70, Jhonnel Ababa, who put in a 71, and Dino Villanueva, who made a 73.



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