ZANIEBOY Gialon came up with a pair of three-birdie binges on both nines en route to a stirring six-under 65 as he charged back from joint 18th and into the lead halfway through the ICTSI Riviera Championship at the Langer course in Silang, Cavite yesterday.
In a day of changing fortunes, Gialon put his act together and rattled off three straight birdies from No. 12. After trading a birdie for bogey on Nos. 16 and 17 for the second straight day, the 31-year-old shotmaker strung up another three-birdie string from No. 4 to fashion out nines of 32-33 card in hot but windy conditions.
That more than made up for his fumbling opening 74 as he took control of the compact field in the P2.5 million event serving as the last of two bubble tournaments marking the Philippine Golf Tour restart. He pooled a three-under 139 in a day when erstwhile leader Fidel Concepcion turned from awesome to awful with a seven-over 78.
“I played good and hit almost all fairways,” said Gialon, out to end a three-year spell after beating Jhonnel Ababa by six at ICTSI Calatagan Golf Challenge in 2017.
He also took notice of his big adjustment on the tough par-4 No. 13, which he double-bogeyed in the first round on a couple of wild shots but birdied from eight feet yesterday.
In contrast, Concepcion shot five birdies, one less than his lead-grabbing 66 marred by one bogey Tuesday, but he limped home with four bogeys, two bogeys on both par-5s, and holed out with a quadruple bogey on the par-4 14th. He wound up with a 40-38 and tumbled from the top to joint ninth at 144 with Ababa, who rallied with a 68, and Justin Quiban, who faltered with a 74.