Angelo Que didn’t let the rare chance to slug it out with the strongest cast ever assembled in years slip as he joins the hunt for top honors and world ranking points in the $100,000 Aboitiz Invitational unfolding today at Manila Southwoods’ Legends course in Carmona, Cavite.
The three-time Asian Tour winner was quoted in Monday’s traditional pro-am that he would skip the tournament proper to take a much-needed rest. But what he said, according to the two-leg winner of this year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, was he would only take a break yesterday [Tuesday].
“There was a misunderstanding. What I said was I would take a rest today (yesterday),” said Que.
Whatever, the long-hitting shotmaker hopes to start out strong against Kiwi Sean Riordan and Taiwanese Shih Chang Tai in the 7:20 a.m. flight on No. 10 as the 126-player field, featuring the cream of the local crop and the top 10 in the current Asian Development Tour ranking, set out for what looms to be a four-day shootout for the $17,500 purse and points in the race for Olympic berths.
In fact, defending champion Tony Lascuna predicts a 20-under winning total given the depth of the competing field and a course, though spruced up to championship condition and turned into a par-71, that may not be able to withstand the impending assault of the power-hitters.
“An 18-under total might not be enough. I think 20- or more should do it,” said the 45-year-old Lascuna, brimming with confidence following back-to-back victories at ICTSI Apo and ICTSI Classic the last three weeks.
“I got my rhythm back so I believe this will be a great week for me,” said Lascuna,seeking to match Elmer Salvador’s back-to-back title feat in this event put up by Aboitiz Ventures, Inc. and co-sanctioned by ADT and Pilipinas Golf Tournaments.
The reigning three-time PGT OOM winner starts at 7:30 a.m. on No. 1 with Japanese Mitsuhiko Hashizume and Finnish Janne Kaske.