AFTER a huge come-from-behind victory in the opening leg of the Philippine Golf Tour at Splendido in Tagaytay, Jay Bayron looks to score back-to-back titles when the series goes to Baguio this week for the P2 million John Hay Championship.
Nine strokes down at the start of the final round in Tagaytay, Bayron played steady and won with a closing 69 while younger brother Rufino collapsed and squandered a seven-stroke overnight lead after a 79.
The second leg of the domestic tour tees off Wednesday, and Jay Bayron will be defending the crown he won last year also in come-from-behind fashion at the par-69 Camp John Hay Golf Club.
Jay Bayron is the top money earner in the PGT in 2010 and former top player on the Asian Development Tour.
“It’s nice to win again in this kind of fashion,” said Jay after topping the Splendido Classic. “This will really boost my confidence as I try to make it back-to-back in Baguio.”
Bayron looks to bounce back after the huge collapse, while also out to grab the spotlight in the circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. are Tony Lascuña, Elmer Salvador and Clyde Mondilla.
Frankie Miñoza is also seeing action along with Carl Santos-Ocampo, Rey Pagunsan, Robert Pactolerin, Paul Echavez, Anthony Fernando, Jhonnel Ababa, Jessie Balasabas, Jun Bernis, Mhark Fernando, Charles Hong and James Ryan Lam.
Cassius Casas, who humbled the elite local field to win The Country Club Invitational last February, is also out to atone for his huge blunder in the second round at Splendido where he was disqualified after signing a wrong scorecard.
Malcolm Kokocinski, of Sweden, the top foreign player at Splendido at joint 10th, will head the foreign challenge in the four-day championship.
Also vying for the top prize of P360,000 are PGT Q-School topnotcher Rick Gibson of Canada, Tony Guerrero and Elliot Hume of the US, Koreans Kim Chang Hoi, Mun Jae Hyung, Gyuha Park and Park Jin Hyeon.
Meanwhile, the leading pros test the tight up-and-down layout in Tuesday’s pro-am tournament where they will be grouped with amateurs partners from the event’s chief backers including Nike Golf, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Cleveland, Pacsports, Srixon, Callaway, Sharp and FootJoy and media partners Balls TV and ABS-CBN Sports+Action.