Juvic Eyes ICTSI

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.
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Tour Breeds Winners

Marvin Dumandan

Since its inception in 2007, the Mercedes-Benz Tour has established itself as a launch pad for the regions’ up and coming golfers.

There have been many great examples and many more in the seasons to come.

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Murakami storms to victory

Carmona, Cavite, April 17: Artemio Murakami from the Philippines timed his run to perfection and came out of the pack to win the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines.

Murakami birdied the final two holes while others were making mistakes to record a last gasp victory at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.

He closed with a final round five-under-par 67 to beat compatriots Jay Bayron and Angelo Que and Manila-based Dutchman Guido Van Der Valk by a shot.
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Bayron closes in on Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines

Carmona, Cavite, April 16: Filipino Jay Bayron topped the leaderboard in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines for the third successive day after he and compatriot Mars Pucay survived a watery finish.

Bayron fired a two-under-par 70 at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club to finish two ahead of Pucay, who carded the same score.

In the opening event of the season on the Mercedes-Benz Tour Bayron leads on 13-under-par 203.
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Inspired Bayron leads in the Philippines

Carmona, Cavite, April 14: Jay Bayron has much on his mind with his wife expecting in three months but it has clearly had a positive effect on his game as he took the first round lead in the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines.

The highly regarded Filipino carded an inspired seven-under-par 65 at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in the opening event of the season on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

His countrymen Mars Pucay and Rey Pagunsan and Nicholas Fung from Malaysia shot 67.
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Contenders Aim for Winning Start

April 13, Cavite: The Mercedes-Benz Tour tees-off on Wednesday with the season-opening US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines and sees a host of leading players eager to start with a confidence boosting victory.

Philippine number one Angelo Que heads a strong line up of local players while Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat, the defending champion, and his compatriot Namchok Tantipokhakul, winner of last year’s Order of Merit title, are among the impressive number of overseas players.

The tournament is being played on the Legends Course at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, which is about an hour outside of Manila.

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Tour Tees-off in the Philippines

March 29, Manila, Philippines: Top Philippine golfers Angelo Que and Gerald Rosales head a high-powered cast for the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club – the opening event of the season on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

The US$60,000 event is being played on the Legends Course from April 14 to 17.

Que will be gunning for his fourth Mercedes-Benz Tour title while Rosales, who along with Que is a former Philippine Open winner, is returning to competitive golf for the first time since undergoing wrist surgery two years ago.
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Namchok Takes the Lead

Pattaya, September 18 – Rising star Namchok Tantipokhakul took full advantage of playing on his home course on Friday with a bogey-free 69 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the B-ing Championship on the Mercedes-Benz Tour

The 22-year-old Thai, second behind Angelo Que in the Tour’s ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship, Philippines, earlier in the year, is on seven-under-par 209 at Bangpra Golf Club.

Countryman Chawinroj Rungsrichai, looking for his first win after five years as a professional, shot a sizzling four under 68 to grab second spot. He lies three shots ahead of 18-year-old pro debutant Phiphatphong Naewsuk, who carded a 70 for third place.
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