Koreans upstage Pinoys, sweep Riviera MVPSF crowns

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    SILANG, Cavite. — Kim Tae Soo seized control early then survived a late mishap to salvage a 72 and edge Jet Hernandez by one for the men’s crown while Kim Seo Yun ran away with women’s diadem with a fiery 69 as the South Koreans dominated the Riviera MVPSF Amateur Championship at Riviera’s Langer course here Sunday.

    Soo, who rallied from as many as eight strokes down and grabbed the lead just after nine holes in the second round only to yield it with a backside meltdown Saturday, hung tough this time, building a three-shot cushion after 11 holes and bucking a double-bogey miscue on the par-3 17th to clinch the crown by one.

    The Korean’s closing nines of 34-38 gave him a 54-hole total of 225, a stroke ahead of erstwhile leader Hernandez, who failed to match Soo’s strong start and dropped off the leaderboard with a 37. He also failed to cash in on his rival’s late miscue as he fumbled with a bogey on the 17th, ending up with a 74 and a 226 in the event organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.