CARMONA, Cavite – Tony Lascuna put on another solid start to startle Miguel Tabuena and finished with another flawless 67 to post another runaway victory – a four-stroke romp in the ICTSI Pilipinas Invitational for his third straight victory on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour here Saturday.
Lascuna actually didn’t have to apply the pressure early to wrest control as Tabuena, one-up after 54 holes at Manila Southwoods’ Legends course, bogeyed the second hole with a lip-out from five feet, before the reigning back-to-back PGT Order of Merit champion buckled down to work in a typical Lascuna fashion.
He gunned down four birdies in six-hole stretch from No. 4, made the turn at 32 and went two-up over Tabuena, who tried to make a charge at the back that backfired, ending up with bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 and forcing him to play it safe in the last two holes to secure the runner-up honors.
“My plan was to really attack early and it’s a good thing that I made those birdies so I virtually played pressure-free at the back,” said Lascuna, after closing out without a bogey in the last 36 holes to finish with a 19-under 269 total.
He pocketed the top purse of P650,000, his biggest paycheck so far in the year that saw him win three other ICTSI PGT legs, including the last two at ICTSI Negros Occidental and the recent Aboitiz Invitational.
Tabuena, who had tried to nail the second P3.5 million event after dominating the field, including Lascuna at ICTSI Manila Masters at Eastridge last June, settled for a 72 after stringing two 66s to take charge after 54 holes and took the P430,000 prize on a 15-under 273.
Cassius Casas, tied with Lascuna at the start of the round, faded early with a bogey and double-bogey mishaps on Nos. 4 and 6, respectively, but fought back with three birdies in the last six holes to salvage third at 274 worth P240,000.