Juvic Pagunsan survived a shaky backside start and a similar wobbly finish, limping with a three-over 74 to barely make the cut in the first ISPS Handa Gatsu-n to tobase Tour now led by Yuta Uetake in Ibaraki yesterday.
But compatriots Angelo Que and Justin de los Santos missed the weekend play as they skied to 75 and 78, respectively, in tough conditions at the Miho Golf Club.
Pagunsan and Que fired identical 69s and De los Santos matched par 71 Thursday but all fumbled in their return to the demanding layout.
Playing his first tournament after a three-month layoff, Pagunsan failed to recover from back-to-back bogeys from No. 14. He birdied the par-5 second hole for the second straight day but dropped strokes on Nos. 6 and 7 for a 36-38.
Still, it proved enough to get him into the weekend of the $2 million tournament.
Pagunsan, however, fell to a share of 55th on 143, 10 shots behind Uetake.
Uetake stayed at second heading to the par-5 18th but came through with two solid shots and produced an eagle for a 68 as he moved past Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent with a 133.
Vincent birdied two of the last three holes to match Uetake’s three-under card for a 134 in a tie with Tomoyo Ikemura, who hit three birdies in the last six holes to shoot a 66.
Que went three-under early with a birdie on No. 3 but fell with a thud with a triple-bogey mishap on the par-4 No. 8. He birdied the ninth but yielded three straight strokes from No. 10. He made another bogey on the 17th and holed out with a birdie for a 36-39.
He totaled 144 and missed the Top 60 plus ties cut at joint 65th while De los Santos overcame a double bogey on No. 11 with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. But the Filipino-American shotmaker bogeyed the 18th and the first hole then dropped three strokes from No. 4 before fumbling with another double bogey on No. 8.
With a 41-37 and a 149, he tumbled to a share of 83rd.