THE new season of the Philippine Golf Tour opens on Wednesday, with last year’s top money earner Miguel Tabuena heading the cast in the P3.5 million Anvaya Cove Invitational in Morong, Bataan.
Angelo Que is looking to score back-to-back title at Anvaya, while looking to steal the show are veterans Tony Lascuna, Elmer Salvador, Jay Bayron, Frankie Minoza, Mars Pucay and Cassius Casas.
"I feel good, confident and I want to win this one," said Tabuena.
Tabuena, winner of the Philippine Open and coming off a strong joint fourth place finish in the Singapore Open last month, will start with Lascuna, Bayron and the long-hitting Marvin Dumandan.
Lascuna and Que, who tied for 38th with Tabuena in last week’s Myanmar Open, opted to skip yesterday’s traditional pro-am for the much-needed rest following a grueling two-week grind on the Asian Tour.
The 45-year-old Lascuña is also fighting off flu-like symptoms but confirmed he’ll play.
“I hope to get better but I’ll be there,” said Lascuna, who had a nine-hole practice in Pampanga on Tuesday.
Que said he will arrive on Wednesday in time for the morning start with Minoza, Michael Bibat and Japan’s Toru Nakajima, who topped the four-day qualifying tournament at Royal Northwoods.
“It will be a question of shotmaking and club selection,” said Casas, who will start with Pucay, Japanese Yuta Sudo and Artemio Murakami in the kickoff leg of this year’s 15-stage circuit put up by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and backed by Adidas, TaylorMade, Pacsports Phils., Custom Clubmakers, KZG, Sharp and Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club.