DOMINATED by the locals in the first three legs, the foreign players aim to end the Filipinos’ surge in the PGT Asia Tour in the Wack Wack Championship starting on Wednesday.
Pasavee Lertvilai banners the 48 foreign entries from 16 countries in the US$100,000 (around P5 million) event with the Thai shotmaker out to atone for his playoff setback to unheralded Rene Menor in the second leg at Splendido in September.
Wisut Artjanawat, another Thai golfer who placed seventh in the kickoff leg at Wack Wack won by Miguel Tabuena, and Manila-based Dutchman Guido Van der Valk, sixth at Riviera topped by Clyde Mondilla, are also in the field.
Young American Micah Shin and James Bowen, Paul Harris and Lexus Keoninh, Dengshan Koh and Choo Tze Huang of Singapore, Australians David Gleeson, Andrew Campbell and Rick Coleman are also tipped to contend for the top prize of $17,500 (around P890,000) in the 72-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Tabuena, Menor and Mondilla return to action, while also among the local favorites are Tony Lascuña, Jay Bayron, Elmer Salvador, Jhonnel Ababa, Charles Hong, Zanieboy Gialon, Ferdie Aunzo, Orlan Sumcad, Mhark Fernando, Gerald Rosales and Marvin Dumandan.
Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac will host the next PGTA leg set Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.
Also fancied to figure prominently in the title race in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc. are the country’s young guns led by Justin Quiban, Jobim Carlos, Ira Alido and Keanu Jahns.