Angelo Que (right) studies the line of his putt as Dabawenyo Tony Lascuna putts for birdie from pin-high length on No. 9 during the final round of the P2.5 million ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship.
Angelo Que pulled off one of the most stirring comebacks on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, closing out with a brilliant 10-under 62 to turn a four-stroke deficit into a four-shot victory over Dabawenyo Tony Lascuna in the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship at the Player Course in Dasmarinas, Cavite yesterday.
Needing to dish out a flawless round to overhaul a big lead and stop the country’s reigning No. 1 from annexing a second straight championship, Que did just that – plus more, coming up with a bogey-free pair of 31s to annex the crown in his first appearance on the local circuit since finishing joint sixth at ICTSI Wack Wack Championship last December.
“It was a flawless round, my best score so far,” said Que, who pocketed the top P450,000 purse from the P2.5 million pot put up by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
His explosive windup gave the three-time Asian Tour winner and former Philippine Open champion a 72-hole total of 268, turning a big deficit into an even bigger victory – four strokes clear off Lascuna, who struggled to finish a 70 and a 272 worth P320,000.
Que’s 62, however, was not considered a new course record since it was made under preferred lies rules.
Que moved within one with a 31 at the turn on a three-birdie string from No. 7, forced a tie on the 10th after Lascuna fumbled with a bogey and matched his rival’s birdie on No. 12 to stay even at 16-under.
“The turning point for me was on No. 12 which we both birdied. I knew I can take him (Lascuna) head-on since I kept hitting birdies all day,” said Que, who surged ahead for good with another birdie on No. 13th.
As Lascuna fell by two with another bogey on the 15th, Que went for the kill with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18.
“I struggled with my putting at the frontside. While he kept on making birdies, I missed a couple of birdie putts from close range,” rued Lascuna, who built a four-shot cushion with a second straight 66Friday but lost his momentum and poise in the face of Que’s blazing finish in scorching heat. He made two bogeys against two birdies at the back for a 70.
Que’s 20-under total also bested Miguel Tabuena’s previous best of 12-under 276 when he dominated the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic last March.
Carl Santos-Ocampo, the third man in the championship flight, held his ground and shot a two-under 70 to finish third at 10-under 278 and took home P210,000 while Juvic Pagunsan made a 69 and salvaged joint fourth at 280 with Jay Bayron, who also had a 69, and Richard Sinfuego, who carded a 70. Each got P118,333.
Bayron also rallied from five shots down to edge Tabuena on the second playoff hole to snatch the ICTSI John Hay Championship last month.
Japanese Tomokazu Yoshinaga sizzled with a seven-under 65 and came out of nowhere to finish solo seventh at 285 worth P80,000 while Tabuena settled for a second 72 and wound up eighth at 284 and received P70,000 in the tournament organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Toru Nakajima shot a 69 and ended up joint ninth with Mars Pucay, who made a 73, and Michael Bibat, who struggled with a 74, at 285. Each got P52,333.
Other backers of the event were Nike Golf, Empire Golf and Sports Shop, Mizuno, Titleist, Srixon, Foot Joy, Callaway, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers, Cleveland Golf and Sharp with Balls, Studio 23, Pinoygolfer.com and Inquirer Golf as media partners.(pr)