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Top guns in early clash

TARLAC – Tony Lascuña drew with Clyde Mondilla in an early clash of Order of Merit contenders while Jay Bayron steps up his own OOM drive against Jobim Carlos and Jhonnel Ababa in what promises to be an explosive start in the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Open at the Luisita Golf and Country Club here today (Wednesday, Sept. 14).

“It’s going to be an early duel but it’s a good draw. At least we’ll be able to gauge our respective OOM chances early,” said Lascuña, seeking to reclaim the coveted individual crown he had held for three straight years from 2012-14 until Miguel Tabuena turned in a breakout season to snare the crown last year.

With P2,725,948 in earnings, on the strength of four leg victories this year, Lascuña leads the OOM derby but just P292,920 ahead of Bayron and P328,694 up on Mondilla with this week’s P2 million tournament sponsored by ICTSI and Central Azucarera de Tarlac offering a top purse of P450,000.

“This serves as a make-or-break tournament for our respective OOM bids,” said Lascuña.