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LJ Go soars, Tabuena dips

Go birdied the first three holes at the back.



LLOYD Jefferson Go still has a good shot at advancing into the second stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School. / LLOYD Jefferson Go/Facebook

Lloyd Jefferson Go and Miguel Tabuena put up a pair of blistering starts on both sides but went separate ways in the third round of the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School Stage I at the Dayton Valley Golf Club in Nevada Thursday.

Go sustained his assault to complete a bogey-free, eagle-laced 66 while Tabuena blundered and faded with a 74.

Down at 44th in the first two days with 72 and 74, Go birdied the first three holes at the back, broke a streak of pars with another birdie on the first hole then eagled the par-5 No. 3 before another par-run led him to a pair of 33s.

He remained outside of the Top 20 but at joint 29th with 212, the former national champion moved three strokes behind his target with 18 holes left to play.

But the Seton Hall University product from Cebu will need to match or better his third round output to foster hopes for a stint in the next stage with a slew of others just within sight of Top 20, including Yung-Hua Liu (64), Jeffrey Kang (67), Matt Organisak (70) and Ben Geyer (71), who all pooled 210s for joint 23rd, and Matthew Cole and Chris Malec, who shot identical 70s, who assembled 211s.

Hanging on at No. 20 at 209s are Nathan Maas and Michael Balcar, who matched 67s, and Chris Yeorn, who fired a 70.

Tabuena, who shot 74 and 68 in the first two rounds, went three-under after the first three holes at the front on a stirring birdie-par-eagle roll. But just when he thought he had the par-72 layout all figured out, the two-time Philippine Open champion fumbled with a triple bogey on the par-3 No. 4 then yielded another stroke on the ninth.

The ICTSI-backed ace picked himself up and birdied the 11th but a bogey-bogey misfortune from No. 13 and another 74 had the recent Idaho Open winner tumbling down from joint 31st to a share of 44th at 216, now seven strokes behind the projected cutoff score.

That leaves Tabuena with no option but to produce a solid round Friday and hope those in the cutoff line would flounder on a course that continued to yield low scores in the absence of the wind.

Only the top 20 plus ties will advance to Stage II slated in five venues starting on Oct. 12 with the final qualifier to be held 4 to 7 November in Savannah, Georgia.