JUVIC Pagunsan made another withdrawal in the middle of a big tournament, pulling out of the singles matches in the final round of The Duel – North vs South at the Alabang Country Club on Friday.
The former Asian Tour and ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour No. 1 was supposed to anchor the South team in the singles matches where he was paired against the North’s Miguel Tabuena, but team captain Jerome Delariarte said his prized ward “was not feeling well’ when he fetched him from his home in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
When they arrived at the club, Delariarte said Pagunsan told him that “he can’t play,” forcing the skipper to drive his top player back home and replace him with assistant team captain Richard Sinfuego.
The North team, led by skipper Angelo Que, approved of the substitution.
The withdrawal came two months after Pagunsan pulled out in the second round of the Solaire Open, saying he had to attend to his pregnant wife.
He also walked out of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour leg in Forest Hills in 2009 after failing to hit his stride and turning in an over-par score after nine holes.
In August 2001, Pagunsan made a last-minute withdrawal from the Aboitiz Invitational, a leg of the Asian Development Tour, in Cebu when the organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. banned his personal caddy during a practice round after he refused to register him as required by the Tour rules.
The PGTI subsequently banned him for the rest of the season on the local circuit for conduct unbecoming of a professional golfer. ICTSI, Pagunsan’s corporate benefactor, agreed with the suspension.