JAY Bayron fired a two-under 70 to win the Asian Development Tour’s Aboitiz Invitational by two strokes on Saturday at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club’s East Course.
One stroke off leader Nicolas Paez at the start of the round, Bayron hit a solid drive and superb approach shot on No. 15 then made a delicate birdie putt from six feet.
Malaysia’s Green, who rallied from three strokes down to tie Bayron with four holes left, muffed a four-footer for par.
Green closed in with a pressure-packed birdie on the par-3 No. 16, but Bayron made par in the last three holes to seal the win on a six-under 282 aggregate event in the co-organized by Asian Development Tour and Pilipinas Golf Tournamets, Inc.
Bayron also won the inaugural Aboitiz Invitational in Cebu in 2011.
Though the two-shot swing on No. 15 fueled his title bid, the ace Davaoeño shotmaker said it was his chip-in birdie from 30 yards on the ninth that keyed his victory. He bagged US$17,500 (P822,500).
“That was the turning point. In the first few holes, I was looking for something to inspire me and that chip-in birdie was the answer,” said Bayron, who bucked an opening hole bogey with birdies on Nos. 4 and 9 and made up for his other bogey mishap on No. 11 by making birdie on Nos. 13 and 15.
Green carded a 69 for a 284 total, bagging worth US$11,500.
“I had to hit a birdie. Too bad it did not happen,” rued Green.
Thailand’s Rattanon Wannasrichan also shot a 69 and wound up in third at 285 for US$7,000.
Tony Lascuña carded a 71 for 286 for joint fourth with Indonesia’s George Gandranata, who shot a 70. Each received US$5,000.
Paez, who held on to the lead despite a 74 in the third round, stumbled with a 77 for joint sixth at 288 with Thailand’s Poom Saksansin, who matched par 72, and Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski, who shot a 73. Each got $3,133.
Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai and Micah Shin of the US tied for ninth at 289 after a pair of 73s and bagged $2,175 each.
Blake Snyder of the US and Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall shared 11th place at 291 in the tournament sponsored by ICTSI and backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.