DASMARINAS, Cavite – Angelo Que pulled off one of the most stirring comebacks on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, closing out with a brilliant 10-under 62 to turn a four-stroke deficit into a four-shot victory over Tony Lascuna in the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship at the Player Course here Saturday.
Needing to dish out a flawless round to overhaul a big lead and stop the country’s reigning No. 1 from annexing a second straight championship, Que did just that – plus more, coming up with a bogey-free pair of 31s to annex the crown in his first appearance on the local circuit since finishing joint sixth at ICTSI Wack Wack Championship last December.
“It was a flawless round, my best score so far,” said Que, who pocketed the top P450,000 purse from the P2.5 million pot put up by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
His explosive windup gave the three-time Asian Tour winner and former Philippine Open champion a 72-hole total of 268, turning a big deficit into an even bigger victory – four strokes clear off Lascuna, who struggled to finish a 70 and a 272 worth P320,000.
Que’s 62, however, was not considered a new course record since it was made under preferred lies rules.
Que moved within one with a 31 at the turn on a three-birdie string from No. 7, forced a tie on the 10th after Lascuna fumbled with a bogey, and matched his rival’s birdie on No. 12 to stay even at 16-under.
“The turning point for me was on No. 12 which we both birdied. I knew I can take him (Lascuna) head-on since I kept hitting birdies all day,” said Que, who surged ahead for good with another birdie on No. 13th.
As Lascuna fell by two with another bogey on the 15th, Que went for the kill with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18.
“I struggled with my putting at the frontside. While he kept on making birdies, I missed a couple of birdie putts from close range,” rued Lascuna, who built a four-shot cushion with a second straight 66 Friday but lost his momentum and poise in the face of Que’s blazing finish in scorching heat. He made two bogeys against two birdies at the back for a 70.