TWO weeks after scoring a breakthrough win at Summit Point, Arnold Villacencio says he has a 90 percent chance of making it back-to-back as the Philippine Golf Tour goes to Laguna for the Canlubang Invitational.
“I think I’ve got 90 percent chance to win again here in Canlubang,” said Villacencio, who beat Miguel Tabuena on the second playoff hole in Batangas to end a 27-year quest for a first pro crown.
But he remains wary of players who have honed their talent and skills on the tough layout, including former national team members Mhark Fernando, Jhonnel Ababa, Marvin Dumandan and Jessie Balasabas.
“The Canlubang boys have the edge since it’s their home course but we are all in shape and in top form coming off a series of tournaments,” said Villacencio, who drew Edward Reyes and Clyde Mondilla for the first round.
Also fancied to contend for the top prize of P270,000 in the 72-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. are Jun Bernis, Zanie Boy Gialon, Dante Becierra, Ferdie Aunzo, Michael Bibat, Anthony Fernando, Paul Echavez, Joey Huerva, Benjie Magada, Rey Pagunsan, Jun Rates and Gerald Rosales.
Focus will also be on Cassius Casas winner here last year who also won The Country Club Invitational and topped Iloilo leg of the series backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports Phils. Inc., Srixon, Callaway, Mizuno, Empire Golf, Footjoy, Titleist, Custom Clubmakers, Sharp, KZG and Rudy Project.
The tour’s big guns, including PGT Order of Merit top three Tony Lascuna, Miguel Tabuena and Elmer Salvador are not seeing action at Canlubang as they vie for honors in the Macau Open.