Juvic sizzles with 64 for four-shot lead at Southwoods

Juvic Pagunsan (photo above): One-shot shy of course record —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Juvic Pagunsan lit up the Masters course on Friday, gunning down an eagle and seven birdies on the way to an eight-under-par 64 and a four-stroke lead in individual play after the first round of the Manila Southwoods Pro-Am in Carmona, Cavite.

The enigmatic Japan Tour mainstay missed matching the course record set twice during the defunct Resorts World Manila Masters of the Asian Tour after he dropped his only shot on the par-3 fifth hole. His sterling play led his team made up of Senate President Tito Sotto, his brother Maru and Bing Lapus to the low gross lead with a 61.

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Jonel Ababa, the many-time winner on the Philippine Golf Tour, returned as 68 to be tied with Albin Engino with the trio of Fidel Concepcion, Justin Quiban and Dino Villanueva trailing another shot back.

Pagunsan’s eagle came on the layout’s signature hole, the par-4 9th where he holed a wedge from 80 yards, which boosted his team to a two-shot lead over the Ababa-led squad that also had Jude Eustaquio, Jet Mathay and Miguel Ochoa in the low gross team race.