Batangas, Philippines, June 22: Juvic Pagunsan, despite falling at the final hurdle in the Queen’s Cup in Thailand last Sunday, remains the top pick in a field teeming with talent at the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship which starts tomorrow.
The US$50,000 tournament is being played at Mt. Malarayat Golf & Country Club, and is the fifth event of the year on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.
Pagunsan is coming off a runaway seven-stroke victory in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Thailand three weeks ago and could have wrapped up another title on the Asian Tour at the weekend if not for a shaky start on the final day in the Queen’s Cup. He started round four joint leader but finished third.
The Filipino shot maker faces a talent-laden international field this week, headed by a crack Thai delegation that includes Wisut Artjanawat, winner of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines, and Namchok Tantipokhakul, the reigning Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit champion, and Chawalit Plaphol.