Olympics: Juvic Pagunsan struggles in 2nd round of golf tournament

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Golf - Men's Individual - Final - Round 2 - Kasumigaseki Country Club - Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan - July 30, 2021. Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines in action. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Golf - Men's Individual - Final - Round 2 - Kasumigaseki Country Club - Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan - July 30, 2021. Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines in action. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Juvic Pagunsan could not sustain his strong start in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as he struggled in the second round of the golf tournament at the Kasumigaseki Country Club on Friday, July 30.  

The Filipino golfer looked a legitimate medal contender in the opening round where he ended at fifth place with 5-under-66 less than 24 hours ago. However, the lofty position he had built collapsed in Day Two as he fell into a share of 25th place with a 3-under-par 139 overall. 

Pagunsan put up a decent outing in the front nine before inclement weather once again marred the tournament, which caused him problems in building momentum in the back nine.  

Pagunsan, the oldest member of the Philippine contingent at 43 years old, ended the day with four bogeys and only two birdies. 

The 2020 Mizuno Open champion will aim to climb back up the ladder when he returns to action in the third round on Saturday, July 31.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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