Tony Lascuña put on another solid start to startle top contenders and finished with a flawless 67 to post another runaway victory – a four-stroke romp in the ICTSI PILIPINAS Invitational for his third straight victory on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour at The Manila Southwoods Legends course.
Lascuña actually didn’t have to apply pressure early to wrest control as Tabuena, one-up after 54 holes, bogeyed the second hole with a lip-out from five feet, before the reigning back-to-back PGT Order of Merit Champion buckled down to work in typical Lascuña fashion.
He gunned down four birdies in a six-hole stretch from No. 4, made the turn at 32 and went two-up over Tabuena, who tried to make a charge at the back that backfired with bogeys on No. 15 and 16 and forcing him to play it safe in the last two holes to secure the runner-up honors.
“My plan was to really attack early and it’s a good thing that I made those birdies, so I virtually played pressure-free at the back,” said Lascuña, after closing out without a bogey in the last 36 holes to finish with a 19-under 269 total.
Lascuña pocketed the top purse of P650,000, his biggest paycheck so far in the year that saw him win three other ICTSI PGT legs, including the last two at ICTSI Negros Occidental and the recent Aboitiz Invitational.
Tabuena, who had tried to nail the second P3.5 million event after dominating the field, including Lascuña at ICTSI Manila Masters at Eastridge last June, settled for a 72 after stringing two 66s to take charge after 54 holes and took the P430,000 prize on a 15-under 273.Read more...