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    Pagunsan settles for fourth place and P3.3M

    Sep 23, 2012
    Juvic Pagunsan, top earner on the Asian Tour last year, shows fine form in the event co-sanctioned by the Japan Tour and Asian Tour. Photo courtesy of asiantour.com 

    JUVIC PAGUNSAN struggled to a closing 71 and wound up in joint fourth on Sunday in the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan.

    Masanori Kobayashi, 36, who had a disastrous opening 74 in the event co-sanctioned by the Japan Tour and Asian Tour, completed his surge from the back of the pack to claim victory with a final-round 62 for a 17-under 267 aggregate at the Higashi Hirono Golf Club.

    Kobayashi, who scored 64-67 in the middle rounds, bagged ¥30,000,000 (more than P15 million), while Pagunsan, top earner in the Asian Tour last year, pocketed ¥6,350,000 (over P3.3 million).

    The 34-year-old Pagunsan dropped six shots on the first seven holes, suffering a triple bogey on No. 6, before recovering with six birdies for the even-par round. The parbuster from Bacolod finished at 13-under along with fellow Asian Tour campaigner Shiv Kapur (67) of India and local bet Tomohiro Kondo (70).  

    Pagunsan entered the final round in solo second after rounds of 67-66-67. 

    Koumei Oda, who shared third place entering Sunday’s play, scored a 67 to clinch second place at 16 under, while overnight leader Masamichi Uehira had a 71 and ended up in third at 14-under.

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    Juvic Pagunsan, top earner on the Asian Tour last year, shows fine form in the event co-sanctioned by the Japan Tour and Asian Tour. Photo courtesy of asiantour.com 
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