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Guce, 2 more Pinays better Q-series chances

TOLEDO, OHIO - JULY 31: Clariss Guce of the Philippines plays her shot from the 17th tee during the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness Club on July 31, 2020 in Toledo, Ohio. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Patrick Smith / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

With Clariss Guce leading the charge, all three Filipinas vying for LPGA cards for next year firmed up their chances of making the cut Sunday halfway through the Q-Series in Mobile, Alabama.

Guce fired a two-under-par 70 at Crossing Course for an eight-under 206 and joint 14th place.

Guce is only five strokes off the leader in the six-round qualifying that will have top 65 and tied making the grade for the last two rounds.

Dottie Ardina carded a two-under-par 69 over at Falls course — her best so far in the week — to tally 211 and grab a share of 47th place.

Pauline del Rosario is at T59 following a 70 also at Falls for 212.

After all six rounds, the top 45 of 104 competitors will earn cards to the 2024 LPGA season.

Players returned to Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove for the third round of LPGA Q-Series on Sunday after unplayable course conditions on Saturday caused the third round to be postponed.

Epson Tour’s Robyn Choi carded a bogey-free 64 today to move up from a tie in 15th place and sit in solo first place.

Besides Choi, several players took advantage of the day off to grab some extra rest before going out and carding under par rounds to rise up the leaderboard and secure themselves safely within the cut line before it is made after tomorrow’s round to the top-65 players and ties.

Choi teed off from No. 1 on the Falls Course on Sunday, making two pars in her first two holes. In her next three holes on the front nine, Choi picked up two birdies on the par-4 third and the par-5 fifth. The Aussie would make a string of pars from Nos. 6 to 9 to make the turn at just two-under par.

Choi made a par on the 10th hole, and it would be just one of four pars she would have on the back nine of her third round. The 2019 LPGA Tour Rookie turned up the heat, making back-to-back birdies on holes 11 and 12 to move her to 10-under par.

She had one par on No. 13 before she hit her last four par-4s of the day. In her last five holes and last four par-4s, Choi made three birdies from holes 14 to 16 to hold the lead in the clubhouse while groups continued to come in.

“When I’m hitting it better, I do tend to take a little more aggressive line because I think I have the confidence to hit it and it’s not going to miss too much,” said Choi, who has not carded a bogey on her scorecard in 39 holes of play at LPGA Q-Series.

“When I do start hitting them pretty close and I start to aim a little bit more aggressive at the pins, and, yeah, just like I don’t really think about the danger zones as much as when I’m not hitting it well.”

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