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Koreans Micah Shin and Kim Joo Hyung rejoin the Philippine Golf Tour (PGT) Asia in Batangas to firm up the already formidable field that is slugging in the $100,000 Summit Point World 18 Challenge starting tomorrow at Summit Point Golf Club in Lipa.

Shin, 21, and Kim, 16, skipped the CAT (Central Azucarera de Tarlac) Open leg last week, but they are coming into the Summit event brimming with confidence, bringing in games honed up by stints in the local circuit and abroad.

The Davao-based Shin placed fifth in PGT Asia Southwoods ruled by Jay Bayron last June before campaigning in other regional tours.

Kim, on the other hand, scored his maiden triumph at PGT Pueblo de Oro last July and finished tied for sixth in his last PGT Asia event in the Aboitiz Invitational at Southwoods last September.

The Riviera-based shot-maker also vied in a couple of tournaments abroad and is among those tipped to contend in the seventh leg of the circuit.

But they are just but two of a host of fancied players in pursuit of the top $17,500 purse in the 72-hole championship with last week’s CAT Open winner James Ryan Lam also confident of making it two-in-row after winning the PGT Asia CAT Open last week.

Other local aces expected to figure in early contention are PGT Asia Forest Hills leg winner Jhonnel Ababa, Riviera titlist Jobim Carlos and Bayron, along with Luisita Invitational champion Clyde Mondilla, Elmer Salvador, Michael Bibat, Justin Quiban, Joenard Rates, Tony Lascuña and Orlan Sumcad.

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