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Phl golfers boost LPGA chances

MIKE EHRMANN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Dottie Ardina leads a cast of top Filipino golfers bidding to secure full status in the LPGA next year.

Keep your fingers crossed, Filipino golfing fans just might see four Filipinas in the LPGA Tour next year.

Clariss Guce, Pauline del Rosario and Dottie Ardina made the first cut following the fourth round of the LPGA Q-Series in Mobile Alabama Monday.

From 104, the field was whittled down to 70. And within the next two days, the top 45 and ties will be rewarded with full status to the LPGA Tour next year.

Bianca Pagdanganan had already assured her seat in the big table following her top 55th finish in the CME List after the regular season.

Now of the three, the 33-year-old Guce has the best chance with her standing of T29. She posted an even-par 72 at the Crossing course for an eight-under total of 278.

It was the worst round so far for Guce in the six-round qualifying after scoring 68-68-70 in the first three rounds. She shot birdies on Nos. 6, 13 and 15, but bookended them with bogeys at 5, 12 and 18.

Just two shots away are Ardina and Del Rosario who are at shared 40th.

Ardina, 30, shot a two-under-par 69 at Falls course with birdies on 1, 2, 13 and 14 and bogeys on 12th and 15th.

Del Rosario, the youngest of the bunch at 24, scorched Falls with a three-under-par 68.

Aussie Robyn Choi finds herself once again alone at the top of the leaderboard after four days of play at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove.

The Epson Tour player ended her day Sunday in solo first at 13-under par and has only grown that lead to 21-under par after 72 holes of play.

Choi began her day as hot as ever, recording birdies on five of her first six holes to get to build her lead on the field and reach 18-under par overall.

“When I did make those birdies in the first few holes it was kind of like — to me it was kind of like, what’s happening? I wasn’t expecting it. Honestly, if anything, I was expecting to not play as well as yesterday, because I made a lot of birdies yesterday, and I just feel like, you know, just averages out,” Choi said.

Three players are tied for second at 18 under after 72 holes. Japanese players Yuri Yoshida and Mao Saigo have stayed hovering around the top five with Yoshida ending her third round in a tie for fifth place and Saigo staying put in a tie for second.

Republic of Korea native So Mi Lee went bogey-free with seven birdies to stay near the top of the leaderboard and in contention. Lee has not finished lower than fifth place on the leaderboard after each round.

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