THE Philippines’ top parbusters get another shot at an Asian Tour event at home, while some of the best shotmakers in and around the continent look to steal the show in the inaugural Resorts World Manila Masters teeing off on Thursday at Manila Southwoods.
Angelo Que, former Philippine Open champion and a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, again leads the local charge.
Winner of one title on the domestic tour this season and fresh from a joint fourth place finish in the Indian Open last week, Que looks to go all the way to the top this time in the US$750,000 event at Southwoods.
Antonio Lascuna, the money leader on the local series, is also among the top home favorites after placing joint 13th at Delhi Golf Club.
A grizzled player and a rising star are also among those in focus among home bets, as former Asian No. 1 Frankie Minoza and talented 19-year-old Miguel Tabuena see action in the second stop of the Asian Tour this year.
Minoza has won twice on the Philippine Golf Tour this year, while Tabuena has one victory this season.
Two-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Chopra of Sweden and reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand head the strong cast of foreign bets.
Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, winner of the Solaire Open at Wack Wack in April, is also in the field and will look to complete a sweep of the Philippine legs of the Asian Tour.
Minoza earlier told asiantour.com that aside from scoring a title he is looking to raise some money to help the victims of super typhoon Haiyan, named Yolanda in the Philippines, which wreaked havoc in the southern part of the country.
“It’ll be nice to win this week so that I can make some money and help the typhoon victims,” said Minoza.
“Filipinos have very strong heart. We are used to typhoons hitting our country but it was unusual this year. We’ll get over this as we are survivors and we help each other,” added Minoza.
Organizers of the Resorts World Manila Masters are also planning its fundraising drive for the typhoon victims.
While Chopra, Lin and Wiratchant head the foreign invasion at Southwoods, some of the players on the domestic series get the chance to bag an Asian Tour title as 30 spots have been given to players from the Philippine Golf Tour.