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 Tony Lascuna in the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship at the Player Course
in Dasmariñas, Cavite on Saturday.
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.
Que 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.
Lascuna built a four-shot cushion with a second straight 66 Friday 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.