TONY LASCUNA looks set to seal the money title with a decent finish but Elmer Salvador could still vault to the top as the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour ends its season with the P2.5 million Wack Wack Championship starting on Wednesday.
Only the two of them are left battling for the top spot in the Order of Merit with the rest of the field far down in the total money earnings.
The winner gets P450,000, which means Lascuna is still not totally sure to bag the title as he enters the tournament with P1,797,640 in earnings, while Salvador is a close P1,365,160.
Salvador, who won the 2009 money title, needs no less than a victory and hopes that Lascuna won’t finish higher than No. 5 in the tournament set at Wack Wack’s East Course.
Lascuna zoomed to the top of the rankings of the domestic tour with two victories and two runner-up finishes and also had some moments of brilliance on the Asian Tour.
He finished tied for fifth with Angelo Que in the Johor Open in Malaysia won by European Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia of Spain on Sunday in the Asian circuit’s season-ender.
“I feel good and confident of my chances at Wack Wack. But the field remains strong and anybody can win,” said Lascuna in Filipino.
Also out to steal the show from the Lascuna-Salvador showdown is Juvic Pagunsan, last year’s top money earner on both the Philippine and Asian Tour.
Teen star Miguel Tabuena is also seeing action along with Asian Development Tour topnotcher Jay Bayron and Japan Senior Open champion Frankie Minoza, who overhauled a seven-stroke deficit in the final round to rule the Wack Wack tourney last year.
Lascuna is playing with Minoza and Tabuena close to noontime, while Pagunsan will start in the morning with Michael Bibat and amateur Jobim Carlos.
Salvador is grouped with Rufino Bayron and Richard Sinfuego, while Que and Jay Bayron are playing with Randy Garalde.
Leg winners Charles Hong, Carl Santos-Ocampo and Mhark Fernando are also expected to put up a strong challenge along with Rufino Bayron and Jhonnel Ababa.