CLYDE Mondilla is the player to beat as the Philippine Golf Tour goes to Splendido Taal Golf and Country Club in Tagaytay this week.
Top pros Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que are out as they see action in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, and Mondilla will be heading the field in the P2 million ICTSI Splendido Classic.
Mondilla is coming off a playoff win over Orlan Sumcad in the ICTSI Classic at Mt. Malarayat in Lipa City, adding to victories at Eastridge and Calatagan.
Jay Bayron, Tony Lascuña and Marvin Dumandan are also vying for the title and the top prize of P360,000.
Also playing in the 14th leg of the circuit sponsored by ICTSI are Dutchman Guido Van der Valk, Japan’s Toru Nakajima, Jobim Carlos, Jhonnel Ababa, Mhark Fernando, Elmer Salvador, Michael Bibat, Rufino Bayron, Mars Pucay and Cassius Casas.
Lascuña still leads the Order of Merit with P2,585,948 in earnings, while Mondilla is now No. 2 with P2,365,687.
Bayron dropped to third but remained in the hunt with a P2,183,028 haul with three legs left in the season.
The tour shifts to Luisita in Tarlac for the second time this year for the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Open set Sept. 14 to 17 before winding up at Wack Wack for the ICTSI Tournament Players Championship from Sept. 21 to 24.
Mondilla, Sumcad, Bayron, Lascuña, Dumandan and 15 other top pros test the tough Splendido layout in Tuesday’s pro-am tournament where they will be paired with guests and officials of the event’s top backers, including Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.