JHONNEL Ababa looks to break end a three-month slump as he vies for honors in the ICTSI Villamor Philippine Masters starting on Wednesday at Villamor Golf Club.
Ababa won back-to-back events on the Philippine Golf Tour Asia at Eagle Ridge and Pradera Verde in January, but suddenly turned cold in his next tournaments, ending up tied for 15th in the Centennial Solaire Philippine Open and sharing seventh place at The Country Club Invitational, both at the TCC layout. He tied for 12th in the PGT Eagle Ridge Challenge last March and wound up joint 10th in the PGT Asia event at Luisita last month.
Ababa, along with Tony Lascuña and American Nicolas Paez, finished a stroke off Clyde Mondilla last year.
Lascuña is back to challenge for the crown along with Zanieboy Gialon, Erwin Arcillas, Tonton Asistio, Jerson Balasabas, Ferdie Aunzo, Jay Bayron, Rufino Bayron, Jun Bernis, Michael Bibat, Marvin Dumandan, Jelbert Gamolo, Keanu Jahns, Rene Menor, Mars Pucay, Justin Quiban, Joenard Rates and Orlan Sumcad.
Jobim Carlos, who won the National Pro-am with amateur partner DJ Padilla at Splendido early this month, is also upbeat of finally securing the elusive individual crown.
Also in the field are Korean-American Micah Shin and Dutchman Guido Van der Valk, who have won on the local circuit this year. PGT and PGT Asia campaigners Peter Stojanovski of Macedonia, Keisuke Takahashi of Japan, Park Min Ung of Korea, American Lexus Keoninh and Spain’s Paya Vila Salvador are also seeing action in the tournament backed by BDO, KZG, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and PLDT.