Manila, May 22: Filipino Richard Sinfuego, thrust into a shootout with the country’s top player Angelo Que, seized the chance to prove a point today.
Sinfuego held his ground against defending champion Que, carding a two-under-par 70 that put him into the lead after the penultimate round of the US$50,000 ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship.
Sinfuego struggled on the back nine but Que failed to pounce on the opportunity and allowed the former to remain on track to end a six-year title drought.
And it is a possible victory against one of the best pros in the region, who also won the Philippine Open last year.
Manila, May 21: Defending champion Angelo Que from the Philippines moved into the lead at the halfway stage of the US$50,000 ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship.
Que seized the upper hand with a six-under-par 66 thanks to eight birdies – in what is the third leg of the Mercedes-Benz Tour this year.
“I didn’t hit the ball the way I wanted to today. I was just lucky to have survived my bad driving with a solid short game,” said Que, whose 10-under-par 134 total gives him a one stroke lead over compatriot Richard Sinfuego.
Manila, May 20: Richard Sinfuego holed out in the lengthening shadows with a six-under-par 66, surging past the big guns to emerge the surprise leader in the U$50,000 ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship, the third leg of this year’s Mercedes-Benz Tour.
The 37-year-old Filipino battled the difficult conditions and helped by a spectacular 31 on the front nine, he finished with a one stroke lead over Ronnachai Jamnong from Thailand.
Defending champion Angelo Que from the Philippines and Thai star Wisut Artjanawat , runner up last season, were two back.
Sinfuego came close to breaking the course record, which is 65, when he hit three consecutive birdies from the first, chipped in for another birdie on the seventh and then two-putted for his fifth birdie on the par-five ninth.
Manila, May 19: Singapore’s exciting young golfer Quincy Quek will make his eagerly anticipated debut as a professional tomorrow when he tees-off in the first round of the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.
The highly rated 22 year old completed his two-year national service in April, during which time he won some elite amateur events, and now has set his sights firmly on making an impression among the paid ranks.
The ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship is being played at Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club, just outside Manila. Boasting prize money of US$50,000 it was won last year by Filipino star Angelo Que – who is also playing this week.
Pattaya, April 5 – Thai teen titan Kiradech Aphibarnrat showed he is a star of the future with a runaway 11-stroke victory in the US$50,000 Singha Pattaya Open on Sunday.
The hugely talented 19 year old became the youngest winner on the Mercedes-Benz Tour with a final round 67 for a 23-under-par total of 261 at Burapha Golf Club. His total was the lowest winning score in the short history of the circuit.
Kiradech, a former world junior champion, left a strong field in his wake with an assured display that belied his years.
Veteran Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines finished runner up after a closing 69 while Thailand-based Pakistani Nadeem Inayat, the halfway leader, shot a 71 for third place a further shot behind.
Pattaya, April 4 – Talented teenager Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand moved closer to becoming the youngest winner on the Mercedes-Benz Tour when he took a commanding three-shot lead in the Singha Pattaya Open on Saturday with five holes holes remaining in the third round.
The beefy 19-year-old Kiradech started the day four behind in-form Thailand-based Pakistani Nadeem Inayat but six birdies in 13 holes saw him scream ahead of the halfway leader who faltered with three bogeys against two birdies.
Kiradech was on 15 under for the tournament when the third round was halted because of darkness. Play will resume again at 6.40 am on Sunday.
Pattaya, April 3 – Thailand-based Pakistani Nadeem Inayat shot a course-record equalling 64 to surge four strokes ahead of a strong field at the rain-interrupted US$50,000 Singha Pattaya Open on Friday.
The little-known Inayat, who has played the local Thai tours for more than a decade without any great success, credited a red-hot putter for the turnaround in his fortunes at the Mercedes-Benz Tour event.
Inayat has a two-round total of 13-under-par 129 and is four shots clear of former world junior champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, who posted a second-round 65 at Burapha Golf Club.
Pattaya, April 2 – The unsung Nadeem Inayat stunned some of the biggest names in Asian golf with a sizzling six-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the US$50,000 Singha Pattaya Open, the second leg of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Tour, on Thursday.
The Thailand-based Pakistani opened with four straight birdies and added four more against two bogeys at Burapha Golf Club to upstage tournament favourites Thaworn Wiratchant, Chawalit Plaphol and Prom Meesawat.
Defending champion Kritsada Rangwat of Thailand renewed his love affair with the tournament and looked set to join Inayat at the top of the leaderboard before he bogeyed the last hole for a 66.