RUFINO Bayron now eyes back-to-back titles after scoring a breakthrough win as the Philippine Golf Tour goes to Eastridge Golf Club in Binangonan, Rizal for the Manila Masters.
Bayron, who won his first ever professional win in the Orchard Golf Championship early this month, is set for an early morning start with Carl Santos-Ocampo and Jhonnel Ababa, while Sherwood Hills Classic winner Charles Hong has been grouped with Zanie Boy Gialon and Ferdie Aunzo.
“I’m ready for Eastridge. But a lot of pros are stepping up so it should be a good show,” said Hong.
Also vying for the P650,000 top prize are Asian Tour campaigners Tony Lascuna, Elmer Salvador, Angelo Que, Mars Pucay, Cassius Casas and Miguel Tabuena plus the veteran Frankie Minoza.
Marvin Dumandan, Jun Rates, Michael Bibat, Clyde Mondilla, Rey Pagunsan, Mhark Fernando, Jessie Balasabas, Robert Pactolerin, Micah Shin and Canada’s Rick Gibson are also in the field.
Lascuna, who has topped the money list for two straight seasons, start close to noontime with The Country Club Invitational winner Casas and young star Tabuena.
Que, winner of three Asian Tour titles, is still looking to score his first this year in the in the circuit backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Srixon, FootJoy, It’s More Fun in the Philippines, Callaway, Mizuno, Custom Clubmakers, Titleist, Sharp and KZG.