ANGELO Que fired a four-under 68 on Saturday for a nine-stroke victory at Avaya Cive in Morong, Bataan, ending a 21-month winless spell.
Que stated the day seven strokes clear and continued to push on the final 18 holes, gunning down five birdies against a lone bogey for a 15-under 273 aggregate.
It was a win worth P650,000 from the P3.5 million purse in the kickoff leg of the Philippine Golf Tour.
“I played according to my game plan and strategy,” said Que, who won two events in May 2015, including Anvaya, before going on a slump.
“I closely watched the Japanese because he’s the only capable spoiling my quest,” said Que, referring to Toru Nakajima, who closed out with a 70 and wound up at 282 and bagged P430,000.
Nakajima fell short of ending the PGT title drought. He last won at Wack Wack in 2013.
“I offer no alibi for my defeat. He (Que) won fair and square. He played consistently throughout. I congratulate him for a job well done,” said Nakajima.
Nicolas Paez of the US rallied carded the day’s best of 65 to snatch third place at 288 worth P240,000, while veteran Frankie Miñoza and Paul Echavez carded 71s to finish tied for fourth at 294. Each received P175,000.
Omar Dungca also shot a 71 to share sixth at 295 with Rufino Bayron, who stumbled with a 73, and bag P115,000.
Tony Lascuña limped with a 74 for joint eighth at 296 with Orlan Sumcad and Japan’s Shotaro Onuki, who matched par 72 in the event sponsored by ICTSI, organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by KZG, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers, TaylorMade, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, Event Captain, Ping and Pioneer Insurance.