Rodriguez storms back

Cyna Rodriguez reacts after two rounds of the Party Golfers Ladies Open Thursday at the wind-raked National Golf Country Club in Miaoli County in Taiwan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

TAIWAN — Cyna Rodriguez survived another punishing day and salvaged an even par 72, but Princess Superal failed to endure the exacting test and hobbled with a 75 as the Filipinas fell behind by seven to a young amateur who continued to flourish in severe conditions here.

Taiwanese Chia Yen Wu, 14, rallied from an opening 38 with three birdies in the last nine holes behind solid iron play to save a 71, leaving behind her erstwhile pursuers after two rounds of the Party Golfers Ladies Open at the wind-raked National Golf Country Club in Miaoli County here.

Just one-up over Thai Wanchana Poruangrong with a 67 in the opening round, Wu now heads to the final 18 holes with a 138 total and a whopping five-stroke lead over fellow Taiwanese Chen Szu-Han and Yu Pei-Lin, who shot 69 and 73, respectively, and Jackie Chulya and Poruangrong, who turned in 72 and 75, respectively, for 143s.

Superal, three behind after 18 holes of play, stayed within striking distance despite a 37 start but reeled farther back with a couple of missed birdie putts and back-to-back bogeys from No. 15.

She wound up with a birdie-less 75 for a 145, which Rodriguez matched with her eagle-spiked 72.

“It was tough out there…the wind kept blowing from all over, forcing you to adjust your shot in an instant and making it a lot tougher to putt,” said Superal, who put up a strong finishing kick to get into the mix with a two-under 70 Wednesday.

But there was no big windup for Superal as conditions turned from bad to worse at day’s end with the field also needing to deal with the biting cold spawned by rain showers in the closing holes.

Chen Meng-Chu blew an opening 34 with a 38 for a second 72 and 144 for joint sixth with Thai Supamas Sangchan, who rallied with a 70.

Rodriguez celebrated in jest as she turned in her scorecard that yielded an eagle and two birdies against two double-bogeys.

“I’ve got no bogeys,” she paused. “But made two double-bogeys,”
She actually set in motion her rebound bid from an opening 73 with an eagle on the par-5 No. 3 but gave up the strokes just as quickly with a 6 on the next.

After a par on No. 5, she dropped two strokes again the long, daunting par-4 sixth but birdied the par-5 seventh and got another stroke on No. 10 before settling for pars the rest of the way.

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