TONY Lascuna fired a 70 to win the ICTSI Manila Masters at Eastridge Golf Club on Saturday in Binangonan, Rizal.
Lascuna held a three-stroke lead but made bogey on the par-4 No. 17, while Bayron hit a birdie, setting the stage for a thrilling finish at the par-5 18th.
Bayron sustained his charge and closed out with a tap-in birdie for a 71.
Lascuna pitch from 40 yards to 14 feet and calmly sank the putt for a 285 aggregate and the P550,000 top prize.
“I really wanted this one very badly since I’ve never won here at Eastridge for years,” said Lascuna, who placed outside the Top 10 in Binangonan last year.
Bayron recovered from a disastrous triple-bogey 7 on No. 9 with three birdies in the last four holes to put pressure on Lascuna.
“He’s really good at putting,” said Bayron of Lascuna.
Bayron finished at 286 and bagged P370,000.
Hirotaro Naito of Japan had a 68 to tie Jhonnel Ababa, who matched par 72, at third at 288. They bagged P190,000 each.
Josh Salah of the US fired a 71 to place fifth at 289 and received P130,000.
Guido Van der Valk of The Netherlands blew an overnight three-shot lead, closing with a 78 for sixth place at 290 worth P115,000.
“I played horrible. My putting was really bad and I’m very disgusted it happened in the final round,” said the Dutchman.
Mhark Fernando carded a 72 and shared seventh with Rene Menor and American John Michael O’Toole, who both shot 73s, and Paul Harris of the US, who wavered with a 75, at 291 in the tournament backed by BDO, KZG, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and PLDT.