American ace catches Stewart at the helm

/ 05:30 AM October 18, 2019

TARLAC—American Lexus Keoninh unleashed superb iron play and solid putting for a solid seven-under 65 then watched Aussie Tim Stewart fumble with a late bogey to grab a share of the lead halfway through the ICTSI Azucarera de Tarlac Open at Luisita Golf and Country Club here Thursday.

The duo virtually slugged it out shot for shot and putt for putt in separate flights in afternoon play with Keoninh emerging from the day-long battle with six birdies, including three straight from No. 11, to get to 10-under 134 first, after an opening 69.


“I hit it close and made a lot of putts,” said Keoninh, who has had a number of cracks at a championship on both the Philippine Golf Tour and PGT Asia but just couldn’t pull it off in the end.

Stewart had his own birdie binge, seven in all against a lone bogey after 15 holes. But the long-hitting shotmaker bogeyed Luisita’s signature  No. 17 and settled for a 67 and a share of the lead.


The duo stood three strokes ahead of PGT Cebu leg titlist Dutch Guido Van der Valk and reigning Philippine Open champion Clyde Mondilla.

Subscribe to Inquirer Sports Newsletter
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Golf, ICTSI Azucarera de Tarlac Open, Lexus Keoninh, Tim Stewart
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.