Cyna Rodriguez sets out as the marked player but Jayvie Agojo and Chihiro Ikeda will be in hot pursuit along with Thai Amolkan Phalajivin and Korean Seo Yon Kwon, guaranteeing a shootout right in today’s start of the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club’s in Lipa, Batangas.
With two victories in the first three legs of this year’s ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, including an 11-shot romp over Phalajivin at John Hay last month, Rodriguez is all fired-up to nail another win although she will be up against a compact field raring to end her domination in the circuit sponsored by ICTSI
“I feel good about my chances but I need to play the course seriously. You can’t take the Mt. Lobo and Mt. Malipunyo courses for granted,” said Rodriguez of the composite layout that offers a different kind of challenge especially if the wind comes into play.
But Rodriguez, who also beat Agojo by five in the kickoff leg of the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp at Orchard last April, said putting will be the key in the fight for the top P100,000 purse in the 54-hole tournament.
“I’m sticking to my game plan of hitting the fairways and greens. But my putter has not been my friend the past week and hopefully that will change this week,” said Rodriguez who struggled to finish in the top 25 in a Taiwan tournament last week.