ANGELO Que and Miguel Tabuena take a break from their hectic campaigns abroad and Jobim Carlos returns from a layoff to join in-form Juvic Pagunsan in what promises to be a shootout in the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship firing off on Tuesday at the Legends course in Carmona, Cavite.
The $100,000 event serving as the third leg of PGT Asia put up by ICTSI marks a rare gathering of the Filipino talents all primed up for four days of battle of shotmaking, iron play and putting against a strong foreign contingent.
Que arrives on Monday from his Japan PGA Tour campaign while Tabuena will be playing in his first local tournament this year after an injury and a couple of events in Europe recently.
Carlos, the reigning Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit champion, is also back from an injury and raring to recall his form.
Still, focus will be on Pagunsan, who swept the last three legs of the four-stage Visayan swing of the PGT last month, making him the marked man in the 72-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
Reigning Philippine Open champion Clyde Mondilla is also in the fold while Jay Bayron is upbeat of scoring a repeat here after edging American John Michael O’Toole by one on a 26-under total last year.
The elite field, however, may find it a bit tougher to match that total with the bunker-laden layout now set as a par-71 in soft conditions.
Namchok Tantipokhakul and Wisut Artjanawat are hoping to stretch Thailand’s hot start in the circuit after the former topped this year’s PGTA kickoff leg at Luisita last April and the latter snared the Taiwan PGA Open crown last May.
Foreign bets make up half of the 121-player field.
Meanwhile, a select roster of pros test the course in Monday pro-am where they will be paired with guests and officials of the event’s chief backers, including ICTSI, PLDT Enterprise, Meralco, BDO and PGT Asia official apparel Pin High.