JOHN Michael O’Toole and rookie pro Jobim Carlos look to come up with solid finishes this time as the Asian Development Tour goes to Sherwood Hills in Cavite this week for the second of two tournaments set in the Philippines.
“It’s a challenging course, very windy and long,” said O’Toole, who led in the third round at Manila Southwoods but faltered in the final round as Malaysia’s Gavin Green won over Thailand’s Donlaphatchai Niyomchon and Singapore’s Deng Shan Koh.
Sherwood is hosting the 11th leg of the ADT and fourth stage of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour. Play starts on Wednesday.
“Definitely, I will give it my best shot,” said O’Toole, seeking a second ADT triumph after ruling the PGM Clearwater Masters in Malaysia last month. He starts with Mars Pucay and Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan.
Carlos sparked hopes of a local winner at Southwoods when he grabbed the lead with three straight birdies to start the final round but fumbled and wound up with a 74 for joint 18th.
“At least I felt that kind of pressure early in my career so that I can learn from it right away,” said Carlos, who will tee off with Marvin Dumandan and John Catlin of the US.
Also among the players to watch are Tony Lascuna and Charles Hong.
“Sherwood is tough, a thinking course. But I think sa paluan at diskarte magkakatalo dito kasi mahaba at malakas ang hangin,” said Lascuna, the former three-time PGT top money earner.
Lascuna starts with Scotland’s James Byrne and Blake Snyder of the US.
The winner will earn six Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be key for players vying to for spots in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.