THE World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne tees off on Thursday with the 60 players wearing Philippine flag pins on their caps or shirts as a show of support for victims of typhoon Haiyan, which claimed around 4,000 lives.
Angelo Que, thrice a winner on the Asian Tour, and Tony Lascuna, who leads the money list on the Philippine tour, will represent the country in the tournament featuring some of the best players in the world including American Matt Kuchar, who won the 2011 title with Gary Woodland.
“It’s nice,” Que told asiantour.com about the players’ plan to wear Philippine flag pins.
They Said It!
“We are going to get through this no matter what and with the help of everybody else we are going to get through it better." - three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que
“It is a great feeling when people are right behind you no matter what. We are going to get through this no matter what and with the help of everybody else we are going to get through it better,” Que said.
Australia’s Jason Day, who lost his Filipina grandmother and seven other relatives in the typhoon known locally as Yolanda, is also set to see action along with world No. 2 Adam Scott.
“I know there are guys from the Philippines here and they have got a heavy heart right now for their people and I am – being half Australian and half Filipino, you know, you typically kind of, after something like that happened, you kind of tend to bend towards that way,” Day told asiantour.com.
“Like I said, it is difficult and there is really nothing – there is no way to explain the things that go out towards the people that have been affected by this. I feel sad for them and hopefully, everything starts to move in the right direction over there.”
Liang Wen-chong of China, who won the Asian Tour stop at Mania Southwoods and donated half of his prize money to Yolanda relief efforts, is also seeing action in the World Cup along with A-Shun Wu.
Kuchar, ranked seventh in the world, will be teaming up with Kevin Streelman for the US in the US$8 million tournament, while Miguel Angel Jimenez will represent Spain along with Rafael Cabrera Bello.
Que is seeing action in the World Cup for the third time, while Lascuna is playing in his second, but the two did not get to play a practice round after arriving in Melbourne late on Tuesday. They were not lined up for Wednesday’s pro-am.
“I think if we do well this week it will be good for the Philippines,” said Que.
“I heard it is a pretty tricky course but we are pretty excited about it. It is our third week straight, but, you know, playing the course blind could help us a bit, not knowing where the troubles are,” said Que, who has entered four straight tournaments without playing a practice round and even finished fourth in New Delhi where he arrived on the day of the first round.
Lascuna has a different routine, but Que is positive the veteran will be just fine.
“Tony, I think this is probably the first time for him to not play a practice round but I am pretty confident he is going to do well.”