Mars Pucay exhibited solid golf with an eagle-spiked 5-under 67 to turn what was expected to be a tight finish into a cruise. Pucay ran away with a 4-shot romp over Jun Rates and ended a 3-year title drought by winning the P3,5 million season-ending ICTSI PLAYERS' CHAMPIONSHIP at Southlinks Golf Club on November 14.
Well liked and respected on tour because of his amiable personality and professionalism, Pucay kept the ball in play on a tight layout and left his rivals behind with a bogey-free 34 after 9 holes.
Erstwhile co-leaders Jun Rates, James Ryan Lam and pursuers Rolando Marabe, Ferdie Aunzo and Elmer Saban struggled to save pars and fell behind, while Pucay sustained his form at the back-9, birdying 10 to pull away.
But it was not until Mars buried a chip-in eagle on the par-5 14th that he knew he had the elusive title and top purse of P650,000 under wraps in the final leg of the 16-stage circuit sponsored by ICTSI - INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL SERVICES, INC.
Pucay's scores tallied at 8-under for 73, 68, 72, 67 / 280.
2nd placer June Rates recorded 71, 74, 68, 71 and 4-under par overall for a 284, while T3 placers Elmer Saban, Ferdie Aunzo and Mhark Fernando finished with a 2-under par 286.Read more...