98th Philippine Open unfolds Dec. 17

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Asia’s oldest golf tournament, the 98th Philippine Open is set to unfold on December 17 at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac City.

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“Its about time that the Philippine Open, instead of always being in Wak Wak Golf and Country Club, should be moved around the country to be able people in other regions watch best golfers in Asia,” said National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) President Carlos Coscol¬luela, Jr. during the weekly Philippine Sports¬writers Association forum on Tuesday in Malate, Manila.

“This is part of the Asian Tour. The players will make points in their rankings in the Asian Tour,” Cos¬col¬luela added.

Over 120 local and international golfers will compete in the tournament presented by ICTSI.

Notable Filipino players vying for the Open title are Angelo Que, Juvic Pagun¬san, Antonio Lascuña and Miguel Tabuena.

“He [Tabuena] might be able to win the Philippine Open,” said Jose Iñigo, secretary general of NGAP and chairman of tournament.

“We’ve never had an Asian Tour event on that course which we’ve played twice there. I won once there on 22-under and the next one I shot 13-under. If I can play like that I might have a good chance,” said the 21-year old Tabuena via Asian Tour website.

“I won’t treat the Open any different. But if you win or do well in the national Open, it’s a big bonus. You don’t want to treat it differently from other events as it may disrupt your preparation,” he added.

Previous Philippine Open champions Australian Marcus Both and Mardan Mamat of Singapore will also compete in the tourney.

Marcus won the tilt in 2014 and Mamat in 2012.

The 72-hole tournament has a prize pool of $300,000.

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