ANGELO Que made a late afternoon surge but lost steam in the end, bowing to Australia’s Scott Hend in the playoff on Sunday in the Hong Kong Open.
The 35-year-old Que, looking to end a four-year title drought on the Asian Tour, missed his putt for par and Hend made his five-footer for the victory.
It was a huge heartbreaker for Que, who was in contention all week and surged to the top with a few holes to play at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
The Filipino shotmaker sank three straight birdies from No. 12 to move to 12 under, but his Australian rival also picked up a shot on No. 14 to climb to the top.
Que, Philippine Open champion in 2008, birdied the 18th for a final-round 66, while Hend settled for pars on his last four holes in regulation for a 67, necessitating a playoff as both finished at 13 under 267.
Three times winner on the Asian Tour but not since the 2010 Selangor Masters in Malaysia, Que settles for the second prize of US$144,440 (around P6.5 million).
Hend bagged US$216,660 (around P9.7 million).
Que started hot at Hong Kong Golf Club with a 65 and added rounds of 69-67. His first win on the Tour was the Carlsberg Masters Vietnam in 2004.