Sister, Uy overcome difficulties before the opening match to always be at the top

Difficult pin positions caused Daniella Uy to collapse early in her round.

Difficult pin positions caused Daniella Uy to collapse early in her round. —PHOTO BY PILIPINAS GOLF

Joenard Rates and Daniella Uy have held on to the lead after two days of the Villamor Philippine Masters 2023 in Pasay City, even after both struggled for ninth place on Thursday.

Committing more fouls than on the first day of the 2.5 million peso tournament, Rates finished with a score of 71 in the men’s tournament behind bogeys in 2nd and 3rd place, which he edged out similarly. easy on Wednesday. Rates, who started the day with the following nine, also struggled at par-4 on number 5.

“I made misguided shots and had a couple of fouls up front,” he said after leading eight points below for the tournament.

Dutchman Guido Van der Valk improved his position, sinking six birdies to finish the second round with a total of 67 points and seven under to take the lead for Rates.

Van der Valk said of Villamor’s nail-studded layout: “I keep trying to hit the fairways and greens, because once you start to miss them, it’s going to be very difficult in the trees and on the greens. high bumpy place, it’s that simple.

Riding five birdies to get closer to his rivals, Keanu Jahns rose to third solo, knocking out a low with a record of 6 under 67.

Hard start, strong end

Uy, meanwhile, recovered from three bogeys on the top nine and a double bogey on par-4 on 10, knocking out four birdies on the back nine to save her round.

“I struggled ahead, [because of the] difficult pin positions,” said former youth world champion Uy.

“But I had three long shots to win the birdie in the back,” added Uy, whose 73 points brought her under one total for the event.

Harmie Constantino improved her position with a total of 3 out of 72, taking 2nd place from defending Order of Merit champion Chihiro Ikeda while South Korea’s Seoyun Kim followed with 4 out of 74.

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