JUVIC Pagunsan heads to Riviera this week looking to set a norm on the Philippine Golf Tour – win four straight championships – as he banners a stellar international field in the ICTSI Riviera Classic beginning on Wednesday at Riviera’s Langer course in Silang, Cavite.
Pagunsan swept the last three legs of the four-stage PGT Visayas swing in Bacolod, Negros and Iloilo last June, matching Tony Lascuña’s win streaks in 2014 and 2016.
Last year’s PGT top earner Jobim Carlos is also seeing action in the P2.5 million event serving as the sixth leg of the 10th season of the country’s premier circuit.
Also vying for the top prize of P450,000 in Cebu leg titlist and Manila-based Guido Van der Valk of the Netherlands.
The field also features Jay Bayron, Jhonnel Ababa, James Ryan Lam, Justin Quiban and Joenard Rates and perennial contenders Michael Bibat, Zanieboy Gialon, Rufino Bayron and Keanu Jahns and former club pro Marvin Dumandan.
Carlos edged Lascuña in the PGT Asia leg at Riviera last year in a victory that sparked the former national amateur champion's surge that saw him win two more PGT legs on his way to clinching the OOM crown.
The locals will be up against a host of talented foreign rivals, headed by Korean-American Micah Shin, the former The Country Club Invitational winner who honed his talent and skills in Davao, and Thais Kammalas Namuangruk and Tawan Phongpun.
Also tipped to contend in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. are Korea’s Hwang Myung Chal, Australia’s Calum Juniper, Japan’s Ryo Nishimura and Keisuke Takahashi, Argentina’s Emilio Parodi and Jesus Rafael Parra of Venezuela.