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SILANG, Cavite – Elmer Salvador tries to do what he does best at Riviera, snapping a long title spell as he shoots for a third straight ICTSI Riviera Classic championship beginning today at the par-71 Langer course here.
Salvador ended a long drought by topping the 2014 edition then broke another year-long spell when he foiled Miguel Tabuena and Jay Bayron’s final round charge to win by two last year.
“This course has been good to me the last two years and I hope to do it again this week,” said the reticent Salvador, who, however, went on another slump after finishing tied for fourth at Calatagan last May.
It would take Salvador more than luck to win again here with the rest of the competing international field all primed up for the top P270,000 purse in the P2 million event put up by ICTSI and serving as the 12th leg of this year’s Philippine Golf Tour.
The Davaoeño shotmaker kicks off his bid against Mars Pucay and Mhark Fernando at 7:40 a.m. on No. 10.
Meanwhile, Jay Bayron, coming off a rousing victory at Wack Wack, reigning PGT Order of Merit winner Tony Lascuña and two-leg winner Clyde Mondilla slug it out in the featured threesome at 7:40 a.m. on No. 1.