Lascuña spiked his scorching game with a five-birdie binge from No. 9 and highlighted it with a couple of putts from 25 feet out to complete a sterling 33-31 round he actually launched with a missed green bogey on the opening hole.
“Length-wise, I think we can measure up with the rest of the field,” said Lascuña before pointing to putting as key to their campaign in the $100,000 event, the second PGTA-sanctioned tournament this year after the Daan TPGA Open in Taichung last May.
Song Mengyu, for one, is out for redemption after the sixth-ranked player in the TPGA OOM blew a huge lead in the final round and lost by two to Thai Wisut Artjanawat in Daan TPGA Open, the first-ever PGT Asia event held overseas in Taichung City last May.
On a course that provided all the ingredients to an ending replete with thrill and suspense and marked by shift in fortunes, Lascuña appeared all set to snapping a long title drought with a victory on the first playoff hole until Jaraula drilled in an improbable par-saving putt from 26 feet to force extension
The 2017 PGT Order of Merit winner marked his 2019 start with that surprise victory in the country’s premier championship at The Country Club last April but withdrew from other events to take a much needed break.
The P2.5 million event actually marks the resumption of the local circuit after a month-long break that saw Juvic Pagunsan cap a record four-leg sweep via an eight-shot romp at Riviera and after American Tarik Can scrambled to win with a four-over card at Wack Wack in Aboitiz Invitational of PGT Asia last weekend. #ICTSI
Can failed to wrap it up with a bogey on the 72nd hole from almost the same distance for a 73, enabling Sae Ueng to force a playoff with a scrambling par from 20 feet for his own version of a one-over card as the duo finished tied at 292 after sharing second place after 54 holes.
“I targeted the front of the green (No. 18) but came up short. I had a chance to save par from six feet but didn’t make it though,“ Ira Alido
“This course is very difficult to play – tall roughs, combined with occasional strong wind made it tougher today (yesterday),” Tarik Can #golf
Alido dumped his approach shot on the long par-4 No. 9, his closing hole, on the greenside bunker and struggled to get out off a bad lie, ending up with a 6 that spoiled what could’ve been a strong start for a player who had missed the cut in two of the first three of legs of the third Philippine Golf Tour Asia.