TENTH seed Gabriel Manotoc downed Korea’s Kim Soong-wung, 3&2, to set up a quarterfinal showdown with No. 2 Jun Tea-yang, who won 2-up over Marco Olives, on Monday in the Philippine Match Play championship presented by the MVP Sports Foundation at the North course of Canlubang Golf.
Third seed Rupert Zaragosa, Kristopher Arevalo and Andres Saldana scored walk-over wins to also advance to the next round.
Third seed Zaragosa and Arevalo arranged a Final Eight tiff after No. 14 Park Min-cheol and Norman Dela Pena withdrew due to injuries.
Saldana, the lefty from Alabang, advanced to the quarterfinals without breaking a sweat like the two other fancied Junior World veterans as top-ranked Park Min-ung of Korea failed to answer their tee time because of the flu.
The tournament takes a break today in observance of the end of the Ramadan.
The ladies side of the PLDT Amateur Tour event backed by Pancake House, Golf Depot and Pacsports, starts Wednesday with No. 1 Daniella Uy battling Sophia Chabon and No. 2 Mikhaela Fortuna taking on Seo Yon-kwun of Korea.
Fourth-ranked Gen Nagai, the Cebu Country Club standout in the PAL Interclub, nipped Basti Lorenzo, 2-up, and will face John Kier Abdon, the champion in 2011 and a 2&1 winner over Wei Wei-Gao.
But focus will be on Arevalo, the reigning world 15-16 champion, and Zaragosa, the national amateur boys and men’s strokeplay champion.