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Winged Que soars

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2 eagles help set up 6-under 66.

MORONG, Bataan – Angelo Que turned the Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club course upside down in the absence of the wind – and despite another late-hole mishap – shooting two eagles on his way to a six-under 66 and a whopping seven-stroke lead over Toru Nakajima in the third round of the ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational here yesterday.

Like in the first two rounds where he lost steam after fiery starts, the 34-year-old Que holed out with a bogey on No. 18 that, however, hardly mattered to his blistering surge on a course he tamed with power hits, superb iron game and solid putting, posting a lead so huge that it could be virtually over even before he hacks his first shot in today’s final round.

“All I need is watch out for Nakajima. Even if the rest would score low, I wouldn’t mind since they’re too far behind to contend,” said the 34-year-old Que, who assembled an 11-under 205 total to move 18 holes away from nailing his second Anvaya crown worth P650,000 in only the third staging of the P3.5 million event sponsored by ICTSI.

“Overcoming a seven-stroke deficit is a difficult task,” said Nakajima, who failed to match Que’s scorching birdie-eagle surge in the early going and conceded the crown to the power-hitting Filipino with a 212 aggregate in the kickoff leg of this year’s Philippine Golf Tour.

Que, who grabbed a one-stroke lead over the Japanese halfway through the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. Thursday, actually dropped to joint lead with Nakajima with a bogey on the first hole. But the former Philippine Open winner went five-under in the next four holes, spiked by a 40-foot eagle putt on the drivable par-4 332-yard No. 3. He made the turn at 32, eagled the par-5 No. 10 from 20 feet after a 7-iron second shot from 160 yards, then birdied the next before settling for a run of pars and holing out with a missed green bogey.

But shooting two eagles in one round isn’t new to Que, who beat Tony Lascuña by three here in 2015 on a nine-under total, saying he has made the feat more than 10 times in his 14-year career, that included three Asian Tour titles.