BAGUIO — Chakansim Khamborn outduelled Chommapat Pongthanarak in their hunt for birdies coming in, cashing in on a two-shot swing on No. 17 to force a tie as the Thais kept their domination of the ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Championship at John Hay Golf Club here yesterday.
Pongthanarak actually looked poised to seizing the solo lead with a four-under card built on a three-birdie binge at the back but stumbled with a bogey on the par-5 17th which Khamborn birdied as they finished with identical three-under 66s and grabbed a share of the lead at 135s after two rounds of the $1.5-million event put up by ICTSI.
They were among the six players who wrested control in a crowded leaderboard Wednesday with Pongthanarak storming ahead with back-to-back birdies from No. 2 and rebounding from a double-bogey mishap on No. 5 with four birdies in an eight-hole stretch from No. 9.
But Pongthanarak, who shared fifth place at Mt. Malarayat last May, missed the cut at Summit Point last June and tied for 16th at Champion Tour at Southwoods last July, lost her touch and momentum on the 17th, holing out with a 6 in a mishap which Khamborn, out to atone for her so-so 32nd place finish at Champion Tour at Midlands last July, took advantage of to earn a crack at the crown.