Alido blows field with 64, takes 8-shot lead

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    IRA Alido put up a spectacular round rarely seen from a young campaigner twice foiled in his breakthrough drive, firing a solid seven-under 64 to storm away by eight strokes over Zanieboy Gialon and Michael Bibat in the third round of the ICTSI Riviera Championship in Silang, Cavite yesterday.

    While majority of the bidders groped for form in wet conditions and scrambled to salvage par, Alido, 19, made it look quite easy taming the dreaded Langer layout, shooting four birdies at the front then running off three straight from No. 15 to produce nines of 31-33.

    Alido, who succumbed to final round pressure twice after leading in the third round, the last in the PGT Asia Tour at Wack Wack last year, finished without a bogey on a course that punishes even the slightest of mistakes.

    With a 9-under 204 total, Alido stood eight shots ahead of Gialon and Bibat and 18 holes away from recording his first championship in three years, ironically in the last of two bubble tournaments in new normal. He went winless in 2018-19 with full Philippine Golf Tour calendars.

    Bibat, whose second round rally was cut short by late-hole miscues, finally hit it low but his 66, which featured six birdies in the first 13 holes, could only tie him at 212 with Gialon, who limped home with a 73 after a second round 65.

    A two-time PGT winner, Bibat could’ve shot lower but bogeyed the 18th for the second straight day while Gialon sputtered with three bogeys with only a birdie to show in a 36-37 card that paled in comparison to his seven-birdie splurge against a bogey Wednesday.

    Justin Quiban fired a 69 to move to solo fourth but too far behind at 213, nine shots off, while Angelo Que failed to recover from a bogey-bogey start and faltered with a 74. He slipped to joint fifth at 214 with Korean Park Jun Sung, who matched par 71, and Nilo Salahog, who fought back with a 68.

    Jobim Carlos likewise faded in moving day, hobbling with a 74 after a 68 as he tumbled to eighth at 215 while Manila-based American Lexus Keoninh turned in a 70 for joint ninth with Rupert Zaragosa, who floundered with a 75, at 216.