Christopher Hichman

Hichman, Que wrest 1-2 spots

Tough pin placements likewise took the best from the bidders in the $100,000 event serving as the third leg of the third season of Philippine Golf Tour Asia as the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout proved a lot tougher in blustery conditions with a number of pre-tournament favorites missing the 50-plus ties cut at 143. They included last year’s winner Jay Bayron (71-144), first leg winner at Luisita Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand (73-144), multi-titled Tony Lascuña (74-144) and reigning PGT Order of Merit winner Jobim Carlos (75-151).

Justin Quiban

Quiban takes 4-shot lead

Justin Quiban drove through the tight Binitin course with clockwork precision for the second straight day, shooting a six-under 64 and wresting a huge four-stroke lead over erstwhile leader Nilo Salahog and a horde of fancied pursuers halfway through the ICTSI Bacolod Golf Challenge here yesterday.