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Bayron wins Riviera crown

SILANG, Cavite – Jay Bayron birdied the 72nd hole to force a playoff and edged Clyde Mondilla on the third extra hole to win his second straight Philippine Golf Tour championship yesterday at the Langer course of the Riviera Golf and Country Club.

Both Bayron and Mondilla finished regulation play at four-under par 280, two shots clear of Nicolas Paez and American Micah Shin.

Bayron, who won the Aboitiz Invitational last week at Wack Wack, closed out with even-par 71 to draw level with overnight leader Mondilla who faded with a 73.

In the playoff, both Bayron and Mondilla made pars in two trips on the 18th hole.

Teeing off on the first hole, Mondilla hit a wild drive and hit the trees on the approach, the ball bouncing back on the rough.

After Bayron drove into the fairway and reached the green in regulation, Mondilla conceded the hole and the title.

“It’s a tough win but I’m happy I made it,” said Bayron who pocketed another P270,000, boosting his two-week income in excess of P1 million. He won P822,000 at the Aboitiz Invitational.

Paez folded up with a double bogey on the 18th for a 74.

Shin carded a 73 to join Paez at 282 while Carlos, who was only one shot behind after 10 holes, bogeyed No. 14 and 17 to settle for 70 and solo fifth at 283.

Elmer Salvador, who dominated this event sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. the past two years, found his touch and rhythm a bit late, firing a three-under 68 to share sixth place at 284 with four-leg winner Tony Lascuña, who matched par 71, and Rolando Marabe Jr., who had a 68.

Marvin Dumandan capped his comeback from an opening 79 with a 67 as he finishing joint ninth with halfway leader Rufino Bayron, who wavered with a 76, at 286 in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.