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RIGHT ON COURSE Miguel Tabuena rattled off three straight birdies from No. 1 against Jhonnel Ababa’s lone birdie, then knocked down a pair of 7-footers on Nos. 6 and 8 for a sizzling 31, turning the Luisita Golf and Country Club into a virtual playground under preferred lies rule.

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IGUEL TABUENA put on a brilliant show of shotmaking, solid iron game and superb putting and came away with a bogey-free, eagle-spiked eightunder 64 to all but wrap up another championship—and perhaps the coveted Order of Merit (OOM) crown—on the tour. Clutching a shaky one-stroke lead over Jhonnel Ababa halfway through the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Open on Friday, Tabuena rattled off three straight birdies from No. 1 against Ababa’s lone birdie, then knocked down a pair of 7-footers on Nos. 6 and 8 for a sizzling 31, turning the Luisita Golf and Country Club into a virtual playground under preferred lies rule. With a 31 and two pars at the back, the 21-year-old ace shotmaker drove to the left side 5with a terrific 5-wood second shot from 236 yards to within 15 feet for eagle. He did slow down with one birdie in the last six holes but his 64 and a 17-under 199 put him eight shots ahead of Ababa, who carded a 71 for a 207, and 10 strokes up on American Micah Shin and local bet Zanieboy Gialon, who both shot 69s, and Dutch Guido Van der Valk, who turned in a 71, for 209s. The last 18 holes of the P2.5 millionchampionship could be a victory walk for the hottest player on the tour, who has primed himself up for a series of tournaments in Japan starting next week, along with absentee Angelo Que and Japan-based Juvic Pagunsan. “My game plan is to place safety shots off

the tee and make the most of my birdie chances,” said Tabuena, a three-leg winner who has been playing with a high level of confidence following his come-from-behind win over Tony Lascuña in Wack Wack last week. “But I’ve really been working hard on my game, trying to build some confidence and momentum for the Japan Tour,” said Tabuena, whose impending victory, barring any major disaster today, worth P450,000 will put him unassailably ahead in the OOM race with one tournament left at Sherwood next week. After 13 legs, Tabuena leads the money race with earnings of P2,601,917, with Lascuña dropping to second with P2,334,960. Que is closely behind at third with P2,272,131. Lascuña finally found his touch after a 71 and 75 but failed to sustain a hot 32 start with a bogey on the last hole, settling for a 69 for solo 13th at 215. Ababa failed to match Tabuena’s scorching start, picking up just two birdies in 15 holes before dropping a stroke on the par-5 16th for a 71, while van der Valk, playing in a featured threesome for the first time in a long while, also had a roller-coaster round of four birdies against three bogeys for a similar one-under card. Shin and Gialon rallied with a pair of 69s to tie van der Valk at third, while Jun Rates fought back with a 68 to join Keanu Jahns, who made a 71, at 211 followed by Jay Bayron, who charged back with a bogey-free 66, and Japanese amateur Yuto Katsuragawa, who birdied the last three holes for a 71, at 212s.

Arcilla conquers PCA’s clay court, bundles out unseeded Obdina

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OHNNY ARCILLA scored an easy 8-2 victory over Laurence Joy Obdina on Friday to make his presence felt even stronger in the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) OpenCebuana Lhuillier Wildcard Event at the PCA clay courts in Paco, Manila. But the new clay surface of the PCA also gave discomfort to the losing finalist last year. “Almost all of us are adjusting to the surface, it’s tough and slippery,” the 35-year-old Arcilla said. The PCA was a shell court for decades. Patrick John Tierro, Arcilla’s tormentor last

KYLE PARPAN is all concentration. NONIE REYES

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Day never been better, builds big lead in Illinois

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AKE FOREST, Illinois—Jason Day already had seven birdies on his card and one eagle, courtesy of a shot he holed from 79 yards out of a fairway bunker. He was walking across a bridge on Thursday at the BMW Championship when someone asked him during an exchange of greetings, “How are you doing, Jason?” Jordan Spieth was a few steps ahead of Day, and he could hardly contain his laughter. “Really? You’re asking him THAT?” Spieth said. Day has never been better. He powered his way around Conway Farms and was at 10-under par through 17 holes when thunderstorms halted the opening round. His final shot was a 346yard tee shot with the wind at his back that settled in light rough and left him 44 yards away from a front pin on No. 9. Day has to hole that Friday morning for a 59. And he didn’t even know it. “I thought it was a par 72, so I’m sitting there going, ‘10 under, there’s no chance at all I can get it.’ But if it goes in, it goes in,” he said. “Right now, I’m just trying to play the best I can. I’m just trying to get off to a good start.” He is playing better than anyone at the moment, a winner in three of his last five tournaments, including his first major. A victory in the third FedEx Cup playoff event would send him to No. 1 in the world for the first time, and not many would argue with that. Day was four shots ahead of Professional Golfers’ Association Tour rookie Daniel Berger, who had a six-under 65. Brendon Todd had a 66. Only 17 players completed the opening round. Spieth finally got on track. Coming off consecutive missed cuts that eventually cost him the No. 1 ranking, he had a holein-one on the par-3 second hole to end a peculiar drought. It was the first time in 72 holes that he was under par during any round in a tournament. And then he chipped in from 80 feet for birdie on the next hole. AP

year, looked to have the clay surface all figured out and shut out newcomer Ken Philip Paradela never, 8-0, in the event supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Puma, Dunlop, Head, Babolat, Compass/ IMOSTI and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao. Fifth seed Rolando Ruel Jr. was also unstoppable against Hans Asistio, 8-1, and joined Tierro, as well as ninth pick Marc Reyes and No. 15 Arcie Mano, who scored 8-1 victories over Bernardine Siso and Jason Timbal, respectively, in the third round. Third pick Elbert Anasta, No. 4 Alberto

Lim Jr., No. 8 Ronard Joven and No. 12 Roel Capangpangan also advanced. Anasta trounced Jomari Guira, 8-2, while Lim prevailed over Rey Mayo, 8-1. Joven struggled at first but was able to pull through against Dave Mosqueda, 8-5. Capangpangan defeated Joshua Kinaadman, 8-4. Other first-round winners were Joel Atienza against Bernanlou Bering (8-5), Dheo Talatayod versus Jeric de los Santos (8-7), Argil Lance Canizares over Raymund Malapitan (8-0) and Arjohn de la Cruz versus Larius Laforteza (8-4).

TIGERS EYE NO. 4

LADY BULLDOGS HANDS FULL VS LADY EAGLES ATIONAL University (NU) sets out for another crack at the Shakey’s V-League crown, hopeful of emerging on the winner’s podium after a shutout loss the last time out. The Lady Bulldogs actually nailed their first V-League plum two seasons ago, when they edged the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 3-1, in sudden death, only to be swept by the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws in last year’s title playoffs. But for NU Coach Roger Gorayeb, bringing the school back to the finals of the league sponsored by Shakey’s, already makes them feel like champions. “Our target is to make the finals. Now that we’re here, we already feel like champions. Winning it altogether would be a bonus,” Gorayeb said. University of Santo Tomas and FEU, meanwhile, start their own best-of-three series for third onSaturday, also starting at 12:45 p.m. to be aired live on GMA News TV Channel 11, according to the organizing Sports Vision. The Spikers’ Turf also begins its series for third with National College of Business and Arts and Emilio Aguinaldo College clashing in their side of the opener starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Winning it all would entail a lot of hard work, determination and patience, especially against a team as fancied as Ateneo. Gorayeb, however, said they only have to stymie one player to fuel their championship drive in the event presented by PLDT Home Ultera. “Ateneo is strong because of Alyssa,” said Gorayeb, who also handled Valdez and Ateneo in the past before moving back to NU. “She packs so much power and has matured a lot that she can carry a team to a championship.” Still, he remains upbeat of their chances and hopes to surprise the Lady Eagles with a superb all-around game when Game One of the best-of-three title series is fired off on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan.

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TAIWANESE RIP PETRON GALS

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ETRON suffered another disappointing setback, this time at the hands of Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei, 25-20, 25-16, 25-9, in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship on Friday at the Ha Nam Competition Hall in Phu Ly, Vietnam. The Blaze Spikers were simply overpowered throughout the one-hour and seven-minute battle, as the Taiwanese paraded the core of their national team to grab the first semifinal seat in the tournament serving as qualifier for the International Volleyball Federation World Women’s Club Championship next year. Taiwan Power will be joining the winners between Bangkok Glass of Thailand and 4.25 Sports Club of North Korea, Hisamitsu Springs of Japan and Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan, and Zhejiang of China and Thong Tin

Lietvietpost Bank of the host country in the semifinals. Petron, on the other hand, kissed its championship hopes good-bye and was relegated to the battle for fifth to ninth places. It will face the loser of the Kazakstan and Japan duel in the classification match at 5 p.m. on Saturday. No one from Petron emerged with a double-digit performance, with Aby Maraño, Rachel Anne Daquis and Dindin Manabat delivering seven points apiece. Brazilian reinforcement Rupia Inck Furtado added six markers, while Erica Adachi had 44 of the team’s 49 excellent sets. “We ran against a strong and powerful team,” said Petron Coach George Pascua, who said his other objective in the tournament is to prepare the team for the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix which starts on October 10 at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.

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APUA continued to play the spoiler’s role, this time scalping Arellano University, 81-76, to remain unbeaten in the second round of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City. The Cardinals used a 17-4 spurt at the start of the fourth quarter to break the backs of the Chiefs. Allwell Oraeme, Justin Serrano, Mark Braña and JP Nieles combined for 24 points in the fourth quarter to propel Mapua to its 10th win in 15 games to tie Arellano University at fourth place in the standings. Oraeme led the Intramuros-based team with 30 rebounds he laced with 15. Exeqiel Biteng pumped in 15 points, while Serrano and Braña had 14 and 11, respectively, for the Cardinals. Rookie guard Michael Salado led Arellano University with 17 points, while Jio Jalalon added 16 points with 11 rebounds and six assists. Mapua Assistant Coach Ed Cordero called the shots for Mapua in lieu of Atoy Co, who served the second of his twogame suspension. “This team is mostly [made up of] rookies and sophomores, and they are just delivering. They are not playing

like rookies and sophomores, and they have all that confidence with Allwell [Oraeme] with that kind of intensity,” Cordero said. Earl Scottie Thompson, meanwhile, recorded his sixth triple-double of the season to lead University of Perpetual Help past College of Saint Benilde in a lopsided contest, 70-47. Thompson, the reigning Most Valuable Player, wound up with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to pace the Altas (10-4). Diego de la Paz

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Oraeme and Mark Braña, and Adamson University’s Dioncee Holts and Allen Enriquez box each other out for the rebound. KEVIN DE LA CRUZ

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NIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) braces for another tough challenge as it stakes its unbeaten slate against winless National University (NU) in the main game of Season 78 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The league-leading Growling Tigers (3-0) meet the skidding Bulldogs (0-3) at 4 p.m., while University of the East (UE) and Ateneo de Manila eye their third straight win when they face off at 2 p.m.

UST Head Coach Bong de la Cruz expects NU to come out strong as the defending champions have yet to score a victory after three games. “Babawi sila for sure. They are the defending champions. Pride nila ang nakataya kaya they will go for the win,” said de la Cruz, whose team is coming off a week’s rest after beating season host University of the Philippines, 67-59, last weekend to grab the solo lead. Veterans Ed Daquiaog and Kevin Ferrer have been providing stability for the Growling Tigers, while Karim Abdul is slowly returning to his usual fiery form. The Bulldogs, off to their worst start since Eric Altamirano became their coach in Season 74, are hurting from a heartbreaking 70-74 double-overtime loss to the Blue Eagles. But Altamirano is seeing improvements in their game. “We are playing better defense compared to our previous two games. We just have to continue working hard and stay positive,” Altamirano said. The Red Warriors and the Blue Eagles, meanwhile, enter the match with a two-game winning streak each. UE downed Adamson University, 89-78, in its previous match, while Ateneo shocked NU in the double-overtime thriller behind the exploits of reigning Most Valuable Player Kiefer Ravena and Nigerian Chibueze Ikeh. Standings: UST 3-0; FEU 2-1, UP 2-1, UE 2-1, Ateneo 2-1, DLSU 1-2, NU 0-3, Adamson 0-3. Joel Orellana

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