LIPA CITY. — Micah Shin took charge on a day of torrid scoring at Summit Point, coming up with a four-birdie spree on both nines to set a new course record 64 and take a one-stroke lead over Thai Donlaphatchai Niyomchon Wednesday at the start of the ICTSI Summit Point World 18 Challenge here.
The lanky Korean-American went into the $100,000 Philippine Golf Tour Asia event without any expectations after a so-so showing in his return stint on the local circuit two weeks ago but thrived in the privacy of one of the early flights and racked up three straight birdies from No. 3 to spark a binge on a course that features 18 of the world’s most renowned golf holes.
“I had not been playing well lately and came here just trying to get back my feel,” said Shin, who shared 12th place in the ICTSI South Pacific Classic of the PGT in Davao and tied for 18th in the CAT Open of the PGT Asia at Luisita last week following a long campaign abroad.
Niyomchon charged back in one of the late flights with four birdies at the back for a 65 as he moved past erstwhile second-running Joe Knox of England, who shot a frontside best 30 spiked by an eagle on No. 9 for a 66.
Fil-German Keanu Jahns, who finished second to Tony Lascuña in the ICTSI Apo Classic of the PGT three weeks ago, also rallied with four birdies in the last seven holes at the front to shoot a 67 to tie Aussie Jack Lane-Weston, Japanese Rio Morio, Brett Munson of the US and reigning Philippine Open champion Clyde Mondilla at fourth.
A couple of foreign bets pulled to within striking distance of Shin but faltered at the finish, with American Sam Gillis blowing a seven-under card with a triple-bogey on the par-4 No. 8 for a 68 and Taiwanese Yang Fei Hao squandering a six-under card with three bogeys in the last five holes for a 69.