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Bacolod—Justin Quiban put his shot-making and putting skills on display against two unfancied rivals early on and nearly doubled his four-stroke lead with a solid 64 to all but wrap up the ICTSI Bacolod Golf Challenge crown at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club here yesterday.

Four straight birdies from No. 2 put Quiban practically beyond reach at 14-under. The 22-year-old former amateur hotshot added two more birdies to complete a bogey-free round of 30-34 for a whopping seven-stroke bulge over Jay Bayron at 16-under 194. 

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St. Louis—A four-month injury layoff revived Brooks Koepka’s love of golf and not even back-to-back US Open titles can satisfy his desire to win more, starting with this week’s PGA Championship.

Left wrist surgery in late 2017 caused the 28-year-old American to miss the first four months of the year, including the Masters. 

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Bacolod—Jobim Carlos braces for a stiff challenge from an elite field out to break his impressive run of form and feats, looking for another strong finish or a title romp in the ICTSI Bacolod Golf Challenge beginning today (Wednesday, Aug. 8) at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Binitin here.

With two victories, a couple of runner-up efforts and two top 10 finishes in the last two months on the Philippine Golf Tour and PGT Asia, Carlos is certainly the marked man in the P2.5 million event put up by ICTSI, upbeat but wary of his chances given the depth of the competing field and a short but tricky course that could be advantageous for some, including the long-hitters, but bane to others. 

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Carmona, Cavite—Thai Ploychompoo Wirairungreung slowed down with a 69 as she struggled with her putting form but kept her bogey-free run at the Legends course with a superb wedge game as she pulled away by four over Princess Superal and two others after two rounds of the ICTSI Champion Tour at the Manila Southwoods here yesterday.

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Tagaytay – Thai Pannapa Polnamin turned from dismal to superb in a matter of days, shooting an eagle-spiked eight-under 64 to seize a four-stroke lead and spoil Princess Superal’s hole-in-one feat and compatriot Ploychompoo Wirairungreung’s sustained charge in the rain-hit ICTSI Champion Tour at Tagaytay Midlands here.

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Carmona, Cavite—Thai Ploychompoo Wirairungreung sparkled in cloudy skies and wet condition, outshining local ace Princess Superal with a solid seven-under 65 to wrest a two-stroke lead over Taiwanese amateur Hou Yu-Chiang at the start of the ICTSI Champion Tour at the Manila Southwoods here yesterday.

While majority of the starting 100-player field struggled on the soggy fairways of the Legends course that played longer than its 6543 yardage and its softened, unreceptive greens, Wirairungreung and Hou, who shot a 67, romped off with the day’s two bogey-free rounds as they seized the 1-2 posts in the $75,000 event sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

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Carnoustie--Tiger Woods may have had to watch playing partner Francesco Molinari lift The Claret Jug after winning the British Open but all his rivals will have taken note of the American's return to form.

The 42-year-old American legend -- beset by personal problems and back issues for most of the last decade after once dominating the sport -- threatened a shock victory at Carnoustie when, halfway through his final round, he led while most of his rivals were shedding shots. 

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Carmona, Cavite—The ICTSI Champion Tour kicks off its two-week swing here at Manila Southwoods with the crack international field, led by the fancied Thais and Taiwanese, putting premium on shot selection as they slug it out for top honours in wet condition in the $75,000 event starting today (Wednesday, July 18) here.

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