• Manila Masters to stage final leg

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    The prestigious $1 million Resorts World (RW) Manila Masters will stage its fifth and final leg on November 9 to 12 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in Carmona, Cavite.

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    “It has been a fantastic year on year tournament that put the Philippines in the map as a destination of golf of choice in Asia. And this year, we are hoping to have a truly Filipino golfer to take away the RW Manila Masters trophy,” said RW Manila chief operating officer Stephen Reilly on Wednesday during a news conference at the Diplomatic Hall of the Mariott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

    (From left) Asian Tour commercial director Jeff Kimble, Resorts World Manila chief operating officer Stephen Reilly, and Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club chairman Robert Sobrepeña flash their best golfing form during the launch of the 2017 Resorts World Manila Masters on Wednesday at the Diplomatic Hall of the Mariott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City. PHOTO BY JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

    “We are extremely happy to host the event on its last leg. This is special to us because it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Manila Southwoods. I hope a Filipino will win in the last leg of RW Manila Masters,” said Manila Southwoods chairman Robert Sobrepeña.

    One of the most prestigious Asian Tour events, the tournament had worthy winners namely Liang Wen-Chong of China (2013), Mardan Mamat of Singapore (2014), Natipong Srithong of Thailand (2015), and 2016 champion S.S.P. Chawrasia of India.

    Among the leading Filipino golfers to compete in the richest golf tournament in the Philippines this year are Angelo Que, Miguel Tabuena and Antonio Lascuna.

    The tournament will also play an important role in shaping the race for the prestigious Order of Merit (OOM) crown.

    American David Lipsky currently tops the OOM race followed by RW Manila’s defending champion Chawrasia.

    The RW Manila Masters champion will receive a minimum of 14 points, apart from the $180,000 winner’s check.

    RW and the Asian Tour, the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, hosted all five editions of the tilt but negotiations are ongoing for expanded partnership.

    Meanwhile, a fundraiser for the families of the victims of the RW Manila June 2 attack will be initiated in the event. During that fateful day in June, lone gunman Jessie Carlos barged into the hotel past midnight and set himself on fire in one of the rooms after a bungled robbery attempt. A total of 37 individuals died of suffocation during the incident

    “The fifth edition of the RW Manila Masters holds a special place in our hearts. Not only is it the final edition, it is also in loving memory of the employees and guest we lost during a senseless incident in June,” said Reilly.

    “The Asian Tour stands united with our partners in the face of the recent tragedy. We deeply feel aggrieved for the families affected by the incident and hope to do a small part through this fundraising activity. We hope to bring some measure of relief to the families,” said Asian Tour CEO Josh Burack.

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