FORMER champion Angelo Que and last year’s top money earner Tony Lascuña head the field in the ICTSI Manila Masters starting on Wednesday at Eastridge Golf Club in Binangonan, Rizal.
Que is oozing confidence following a nine-shot romp at Anvaya Cove, while Lascuña hopes to shake off a mediocre start in the Philippine Golf Tour.
“My condition is quite good. I had a good rest during the break but my chances for the crown is going to be a challenge since there are a lot of good players around,” said Que, Eastridge winner in 2015, who is using the event as his final tune-up for the grueling Japan PGA Tour campaign starting next week.
Lascuña hopes to do better after tying for 11th in the Solaire Philippine Open, a joint eighth finish at Anvaya and fifth in The Country Club Invitational.
“It’s going to be an interesting start with Angel but I also like my chances coming off a long rest,” said Lascuna.
The P3 million championship has a P550,000 champion’s prize.
Clyde Mondilla is defending his Eastridge title, while also seeing action are Frankie Miñoza, Elmer Salvador, Jay Bayron, Cassius Casas, Zanieboy Gialon, Michael Bibat, Mars Pucay, Ferdie Aunzo, Marvin Dumandan, Jhonnel Ababa and Mhark Fernando.
Japan’s Toru Nakajima, second to Que at Anvaya, heads a foreign field that includes Americans Nicolas Paez, Josh Salah, Paul Harris, Elliot Hume and John Michael O’Toole.
Young Korean-American Micah Shin, who humbled the field at Luisita late last year, is also seeing action along with Dutch Guido Van der Valk, Swede Daniel Ekegren, Japanese Yuta Sudo and Aussie Shaun Malone in the event backed by BDO, KZG, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and PLDT.