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Corpus seals KO duel vs Korean in Luisita

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Carl Corpus blew a one-under card with a shaky windup for a 75 but nipped Sean Ramos in a playoff to clinch the top seeding in the Philippine Amateur Open Match Play Championships at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac yesterday.

Corpus holed out with back-to-back double bogeys for a 36-39 as the defending champion pooled a 148 after 36 holes of stroke play elims then beat Ramos for low medal honors heading to the knockout stage beginning today. He clashes with Korean Ha Tae Won, who finished at 160 after an 82 and edged Jeffrey Gabe, who shot a 76, in the countback for the 16th and last spot in the tournament proper of the event sponsored by the MVP Sports Foundation.

Ramos turned in a 74 to match Corpus’ 148 but settled for the No. 2 spot for a face-off with Seo Dong Bin, who figured in a three-way tie for No. 15 with a 79.

Leandro Bagtas also carded a 74, which proved to be the best in tough conditions at the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed layout, and finished third with a 150 for an interesting duel with No. 14 Josh Jorge, who groped for an 81 and a 159.

Also making it to the next phase are Perry Bucay (75-153), Masaichi Otake (75-155), Dan Cruz (77-155), Paolo Barro (77-155), Don Petil (77-155), Kristoffer Arevalo (79-155), Zachary Castro (80-156), Jacob Rolida (77-158), Paolo Wong (82-158) and Korean Kim Tae Soo (82-158).

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