Rates sizzles in PGT restart; Superal ahead

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    DIMINUTIVE Joenard Rates emerged the surprise package in the Philippine Golf Tour restart under the new normal yesterday, carding a three-under-69 to hold off a late-charging Ira Alido in the ICTSI Riviera Invitational Challenge at the Couples course in Silang, Cavite.

    Rates flashed a near-impeccable short game to buck the heat and the wind – and the changes that marked the return of pro golf after an eight-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, including playing sans a caddie and wearing face mask when not launching a shot or stroke.

    While Rates’ early surge surprised many, Princess Superal dominated the Ladies PGT resumption as expected as the reigning Order of Merit winner unleashed a strong start and a stronger finish to open a huge six-shot lead with a five-under 67.