Rianne Malixi grabs lead at Riviera

By Adrian Flores

Rianne Malixi broke away from a packed leaderboard with a consecutive two-over 73 that moved her to one step closer to a title in the women’s side of the ICTSI Riviera Championship.

Malixi, currently the top ranked amateur in the country, had a birdie and a run of pars in the last four holes for 146 at the Langer layout, which has been punishing the players, even the men,with strong winds throughout the day.

Mafy Singson (77) and Harmie Constantino (73)were locked in second with 149. Sarah Ababa (75) was alone at fourth with 150 while another amateur Laurea Duque (75) was fifth with 151.

Sunshine Baraquiel (78) and Korean Kim Seoyun (77) shared sixth with 153 followed by Chihiro Ikeda (80) with 154.