Organizers of the annual 18-hole tournament are guaranteeing an explosive edition, this being the championship’s 15th year with the event expected to draw more than 200 bidders for the Asian and World Finals berths in Australia and Germany, respectively.
Clyde Mondilla has spent the last three weeks enhancing his driving and short game in preparation for what promises to be a slam-bang duel of power and iron play in The Country Club Invitational firing off March 4 at the TCC course in Laguna.
Abby Arevalo missed posting a record winning margin but claimed the Philippine Ladies Open crown just the same, beating Rianne Malixi by nine despite turning in her worst round in three days – a 73 – at the Manila Golf Club in Makati
In a duel of the best, Clyde Mondilla came out better, edging Tony Lascuña with a birdie from practically the same spot on the second playoff hole (No. 9) to rule the hotly contested ICTSI Pradera Verde Classic
Japanese Toru Nakajima and Spain’s Marcos Pastor took charge in another day of changing fortunes, going low on a course that continued to produce big numbers.
Joe Knox holed out with a birdie on the ninth which Keanu Jahns bogeyed later in a jumbling frontside finish for a key two-shot swing that earned the Englishman a shared view of the top with the Fil-German.
Clyde Mondilla put on a late assault to check a fumbling frontside start and force a four-way tie for the lead at three-under 69 at the start of the windy first round of the ICTSI Pradera Verde Classic at the sprawling Pradera Verde layout here yesterday.
Frontrunner Tony Lascuña, for one, goes all out for a victory as he zeroes in on his first PGTA Order of Merit title with second-running Aussie Tim Stewart, who ruled the CAT Open leg at Luisita last Oct., opting to skip the event.
The three men’s golf medallists from the 2016 Rio Olympics are playing in the tournament and their performances could give clues about their form ahead of the Tokyo Games starting in July.
The burly Tantipokhakul charged back with a closing 67 to edge Finland’s Teemu Putkonen by one and rule the circuit’s opening tournament at Luisita last April while Artjanawat topped the first PGTA co-sanctioned event abroad with a similar come-from-behind victory in Daan TPGA (PGA of Taiwan) Open last May.