Juvic Pagunsan dropped out of the top 10 and finished 25th in the dangerous second round of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 golf tournament on Friday, July 30th, at Kasumigaseki Golf and Country Club.
Pagunsan fired a two-over-par 73 after 36 holes for a total of three-under par 139.
The 43-year-old Filipino had hoped to build on his impressive five-under par 66 in the opening round, which was three strokes behind first-round leader Sepp Straka from Austria.
But Pagunsan hit four bogeys in 5th, 8th, 11th and 13th place, which cost him his good position.
Despite attempting the 15th hole with a birdy to save his performance, he failed to repeat it with three straight pars to end the round.
There was also a lot of movement within the leaderboard, but the tournament was disrupted by lightning.
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy of Ireland climbed to a joint fifth place, while Japan’s esteemed golfer Hideki Matsuyama, who won the host country’s first major title at the 2021 PGA Masters, did not finish the round due to the tournament suspension and currently in third place.
Both recovered from a joint 20th place after reaching a 69 in the opening round on Thursday.
Straka also dropped to fifth place, handing the lead over to current front runner Xander Schauffele from the USA, who hit two Eagles to complete the round with an eight-under-par 63 for a total of 11-under-par 131 to end.
The organizers announced that the second round will take place on Saturday, July 31st at 6:45 a.m., Philippine time, and the approximate tee times for the third round will be between 8:30 a.m. and 10.18 a.m. on the 1st and 10th tee are in groups of three.
The native Bacolod is the oldest member of the Philippine delegation at the age of 43.
He also qualified for the British Open 2021, but declined due to scheduling conflicts with the Olympic Games.
Pagunsan hopes to build on his many years of experience as a former top earner on the Asian Tour and has also been playing in the professional Japan Golf Tour since 2012. – Rappler.com
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