TARLAC – Young Korean Kim Joo Hyung continued his assault on Luisita’s backnine, rattling off five straight birdies from No. 10 to fire a five-under 67 and grab the lead from a slew of seasoned international campaigners in the third round of the PGT Asia Qualifying School here yesterday.
Kim, who has dominated the country’s junior and amateur championships the last three years, also closed out with a 32 that anchored his second round 68 with the 18-year-old rising star moving 18 holes away from besting a tough field for low medal honors.
After birdying the opening hole, Kim actually stumbled with back-to-back bogeys from No. 4 but rebounded with a birdie on the eighth then razed the first five holes at the back with a solid 3-wood of the mound and superb putting, leading to that 67 and a 12-under 204 aggregate.
From joint third halfway through the 72-hole elims organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., Kim moved one stroke ahead of Thai Sattaya Supupramai, who blew the lead with bogeys in the last two holes. He settled for a 68 and a 205.
“I played good overall today (yesterday). I struggled with my driver so I went to my 3-wood off the tee and made some long putts. My irons and wedge also worked well,” said Kim, now looking forward to topping the elims altogether with a fiery form.”