ANGELO Que is looking to overcome an uncharacteristic run of poor form when he shoots for a second Philippine Open victory when the Asian Tour event tees off at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
The Filipino shotmaker has won three Asian Tour victories including the 2008 Philippine Open in his career but after enjoying his best Order of Merit placing of 13th, he has yet to hit top form in 2014.
Que tees up against an elite field, including 2012 winner Mardan Mamat of Singapore, eight-time Asian Tour winner Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, Bangladeshi shotmaker Siddikur Rahman and current Asian Tour No. 1 Anirban Lahiri of India in the $300,000 event presented by the MVP Sports Foundation and PLDT.
Prayad, Siddikur and Lahiri were all part of Team Asia, which forced a draw with Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia in March.
2011 Philippine Open winner Berry Henson of the US, six-time Asian Tour winner Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei and two-time Asian Tour No. 1 Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand will also see action in the event that is making a return to the Asian Tour schedule following a one-year hiatus.
Que will need to rise to the occasion after missing two cuts in four starts on the Asian Tour this year. His best result so far was joint 21st at the Solaire Open at The Country Club where he led into the final round before stumbling out of contention with a final day 82.
The Filipino parbuster insists he has recovered from that setback, which was marred by a devastating 12 on the par five second hole.
“It is a lesson learned for me. I had a chance to win but blew it on one hole. These things happen. That’s golf and life. All you can do is look back and see what you’ve learnt and move on. Everybody has bad days. Unfortunately for me, it was just one bad hole,” Que reflected.
“I’ve experienced worse than this. I’ve had slumps before and gotten back on my feet. Since last year, I’ve always been knocking on the door. All I have to do is play four good rounds and avoid the one big mistake,” added the 35-year-old.
Thai veteran Prayad will make a return to the ICTSI Philippine Open since his joint sixth finish in the 2007 edition. The 48-year-old enjoyed a superb 2013 season when he completed a Royal double by winning the Queen’s and King’s Cup on home soil.
He ended the year in seventh place on the Order of Merit and was subsequently picked as the Captain’s wild card for the inaugural EurAsia Cup where he contributed 1 ½ points in Team Asia’s tie with Europe.
“Winning in Thailand and being in the EurAsia Cup have given me added motivation. I hope I can continue to play like how I’ve been playing of late,” said the ageless Prayad.
Siddikur, a two-time Asian Tour winner, will put his sharp-shooting game to good use at the challenging Wack Wack course. The Bangladeshi is one of the most consistent players on the Asian Tour, finishing in the top-10 of the Order of Merit in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
With renewed confidence after playing a pivotal role in the EurAsia Cup, Siddikur is hopeful of making a return in to the winner’s circle again following his last victory at the Hero Indian Open in November.
“I feel confident now with where my game is and I need to continue to keep working in all aspects of my game to become a better player. I want to have the opportunity to contend for tournaments every time I’m playing,” said Siddikur.