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Mondilla faces Asia’s elite

Clyde Mondilla takes crack at the top two players in the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit ranking as the rising Filipino star drew No. 1 Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand and No. 2 Johannes Veerman of the US at the start of the Aboitiz Invitational unfolding today at Wack Wack’s East course.

A two-leg winner on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour, Mondilla hopes to measure up with his fancied rivals as they slug it out at 7:30 a.m. on No. 10 with the young Del Monte shotmaker hoping to cash in on whatever advantage he has in terms of local knowledge of the challenging layout.

“I don’t give it much thought, being paired with ADT’s top two players. My focus is on my game. I need to start strong, actually in the first two days to be able to make the cut. Then, I’ll attack,” said Mondilla, who scored back-to-back wins at Eastridge and Calatagan but slowed down in the next four legs of the PGT dominated by Tony Lascuña.