ANGELO Que is aiming to end his title drought at the Asia-Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup later this month.
The bubbly Filipino, a three-time Asian Tour winner who has not won since 2010, came close to lifting more silverware earlier this year before settling for two runner-up finishes in Japan.
He hopes that good times will return when he challenges for the Y150 million (about US$1.2 million) Mitsubishi Diamond Cup which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour at the Otone Country Club, West Course from September 24 to 27.
“People often ask if I’ve been struggling these last few years because I haven’t won on the Asian Tour but I’m not. I just haven’t been lucky enough. To win, you need to have some luck. If some putts or shots go my way, that would make a lot of difference,” said Que.
“Take last year’s Hong Kong Open for example ... only one putt separated me from the eventual winner, Scott (Hend).”
Known for his bright and colorful choice of golfing apparels, Que will be among an elite cast that includes defending champion Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan, S.S.P. Chawrasia of India, Hend of Australia and an in-form Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, who has already won two titles this year.
Two-time Asian No. 1 Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines, Arjun Atwal of India and Singapore’s Mardan Mamat will also feature in the event.
The 36-year-old Que finished sixth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last year thanks to four Top-10 finishes. He said that winning is getting harder due to the growing strength of the players around the region.
“You must remember that the players on the Asian Tour and anywhere in the world are getting better. I played solid the whole of last year. I can’t ask for a better year than last season. I just need more luck on my side. I just need that one putt to go in and win me a tournament,” Que explained.
The Asia-Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup will be a good opportunity for the Filipino to boost his ranking on the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour as he aims to secure playing rights for 2016.
“I’m trying to keep my card in Japan and on the Asian Tour. Once I secure both cards, then it will be a lot easier and I will start planning my playing schedule better. In the life of a touring professional, it is always about planning your schedule. It doesn’t matter how many tournaments you play in and if you are not 100 percent fit, then it could be tough,” he said.
Players on the Asian Tour are also fighting for places in the cash-rich WGC HSBC Champions in China and CIMB Classic in Malaysia through the Order of Merit. The leading four available players and leading 10 on the Order of Merit after the UBS Hong Kong Open will qualify for China and Malaysia, respectively.