Ababa leads Pranadera Championship

The lead changed again and it was Jhonel Ababa who got hold of it this time.

Ababa sparkled with a five-under 67–the best score so far in the tournament–for a 54-hole haul of seven-under 209 and a two-shot edge against Tony Lascuna and Guido Van der Valk of the Netherlands with 18 holes left in the ICTSI Pradera Championship in Lubao, Pampanga.

“My game was just super – driving, tee-shot and putting,” said Ababa, who is seeking to end a long title drought on the local tour.

But it won’t be easy to break the slump as Van der Valk shot a second straight 70 that proved enough to tie him at second with Lascuna, who settled for a 72 at 211.

Keanu Jahns sneaked into contention with a gutsy 71 for a 213. Que, who is priming up for the Asian Tour leg in Morocco, dropped to joint fifth at 214 with Ira Alido, Gerald Rosales and Reymon Jaraula, who fired 68, 70 and 71, respectively.

Legend Frankie Miñoza is still within striking distance with a 71 for 215.

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