• Stellar Pinay golfer Cyna Rodriguez eyes No.1

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    Cyna Rodriguez made waves in 2015 after becoming the first Filipina to break into the LPGA Tour in 15 years via a fourth place finish in the Final LPGA Qualifying School at the LPGA International Hills Course in Florida, United States. Rodriguez, a former Philippine Ladies Open champion, also has a number of amateur titles in the country and abroad under her belt.

    The accomplished lady golfer tells The Manila Times the evolution of her golf career.

    Cyna Rodriguez CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    The Manila Times: How did you get into golf?
    Cyna Rodriguez: My father plays golf and he would drag me during the weekends when I was around 10 years old to hit balls on the range.

    TMT: Why did you choose golf?
    CR: I love the mental aspect of the game. You are competing against yourself and everything you do is up to you. Your attitude also plays a big part of your game.

    TMT: Why do you think female golfers are more successful than their male counterparts in Asia?
    CR: I think it’s more difficult to compete at a men’s caliber. There are a lot more male golfers compared to female golfers.

    TMT: Is there gender bias in golf?
    CR: Yes, definitely. The PGA tour has a bigger purse than LPGA. I would love to see more people watch female golfers play.

    TMT: How do you prepare for competition?
    CR: I do yoga almost everyday to keep my muscles loose and to keep myself flexible. On off weeks, I usually hit the gym to lift weights working on my arms and legs. I do boxing too for transition and explosion.

    TMT: Which part of being a competitive golfer you love most?
    CR: Traveling to different countries, meeting new people, and learning about their cultures.

    TMT: What is your most memorable victory?
    CR: Junior World 2006. I was unsure that I wanted to play golf full time and winning that tournament made me realize that I am actually pretty good at this sport.

    TMT: Do you have other interests outside of golf?
    CR: A lot. I love boxing and wake skating. I used to play a lot of basketball when I was younger.

    TMT: What do you hope you achieve in your career?
    CR: Be the No.1 golfer in the world and help develop the sport in the Philippines.

    TMT: Which golfer do you admire most?
    CR: Rory McIlroy. His timing is exceptional.

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    Achievements

    3-time Ladies Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit

    • CHAMPION, ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational LPGT, September 2014
    • CHAMPION, ICTSI Mount Malarayat Ladies Classic LPGT, August 2014
    • CHAMPION, ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Invitational LPGT, July 2014
    • CHAMPION, ICTSI Orchard Golf Ladies Classic LPGT, April 2014
    • CHAMPION, ICTSI Wack-Wack Ladies Invitational Tournament LPGT, September 2013
    • CHAMPION, ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational Tournament LPGT, August 2013

    Professional Wins: 6
    Top 10 Finishes: 13

    LADIES ASIAN GOLF TOUR
    PHILIPPINE GOLF TOUR
    THAI LPGA TOUR

    Awards
    2013 LPGT Order of Merit
    2014 LPGT Order of Merit
    2015 LPGT Order of Merit

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    WHAT’S IN THE BAG

    ►Driver: Taylor Made M2
    ►Fairway woods: Taylor Made M2 (3W 16.51) (5W 21) (Hybrid 24)
    ►Irons: M2 tour 4-7, Psi Tour (8-PW)
    ►Wedges: Taylor Made EF TP Dark (50, 54, 60)
    ►Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura x7
    ►Ball: Titleist ProV1x

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