DOUBLE-bogey on the playoff hole was enough for Clyde Mondilla to edge Orlan Sumcad in the Philippine Golf Tour’s ICTSI Classic on Saturday at Mt. Malarayat in Lipa, Batangas.
Mondilla faced another playoff meltdown after an errant drive on the par-4 18th with Sumcad splitting the fairway on a solid hit. But as Mondilla took a drop and hit it short of the green, Sumcad crumbled under pressure, overshooting the green with the ball going out-of-bounds. He missed the green on his fourth shot and two-putted, enabling Mondilla to snatch the crown on a double-bogey finish in a weird ending to what was expected to be a shootout after the duo sizzled with low rounds in regulation.
“I will never forget this win. This is so sweet, winning what seemed to be a losing stand,” said Mondilla after his great escape worth P360,000. “It also made up for my playoff loss to Jay (Bayron) at Riviera.”
It was Mondilla’s second win in sudden death, after edging out Jobim Carlos in the Manila Masters at Eastridge. He later dominated the field at Calatagan for a back-to-back title feat.
Sumcad was close to scoring a breakthrough win when he fired a 66 to tie Mondilla, closing out with a 67, at 15-under 273 after the duo fended off a slew of rivals throughout the last 18 holes in heavy rain in the early going and scorching heat at the finish.
Mondilla kept his one-stroke lead intact after matching Sumcad’s 33 at Mt. Lobo but dropped into joint lead with a bogey on the 10th at Mt. Malipunyo. The duo birdied No. 12 to remain even then Mondilla regained the lead with a birdie on No. 15.
But Sumcad refused to give up and countered with a long birdie on No. 16 then matched Mondilla’s birdie on the 18th to force a playoff.
Sumcad took home P250,000, and will look to bag a bigger check and a trophy in the last three legs of this year’s series organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Bayron, winner of the last two legs at Wack Wack and Riviera, ended up third at 279 after a bogey-free 70 and pocketed P140,000.
Tony Lascuña, the winningest player in the season with four titles, including three straight at Forest Hills, Eagle Ridge and Bacolod, carded a 68 for solo fourth at 280 for P115,000.
Marvin Dumandan wilted under final round pressure in the championship flight and stumbled with a 73, dropping to fifth at 281, while Jhonnel Ababa shot a 70 to tie for sixth at 283 with Dutchman Guido Van der Valk, who matched par 72 in the tournament backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.