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Calatagan golf tilt starts today

Jhonnel Ababa is unfazed by Clyde Mondilla’s surge as he intends to use his familiarity of the course to win the P2.5 million ICTSI Calatagan Golf Challenge beginning today at the Calatagan Golf Club in Batangas.

Back on the course he calls home, he said he has the edge among the 82-player international field on the rolling, tight layout, notwithstanding his eight-shot defeat to Mondilla here last year.

“I have the edge here since I’m very familiar with the course,” said Ababa, out to snap a long title spell on the Philippine Golf Tour on a course where he honed his talent and skills during his amateur days.

“There are reachable but tricky holes and some may think twice to attack them. But I will always go for it,” said Ababa. “More importantly, I feel good and I know I can beat anybody here, even Mondilla or (Tony) Lascuña.”

He’ll be tested right on the opening round as he drew Mondilla and veteran Mars Pucay in the 7:30 a.m. flight on No. 10 with Mondilla also brimming with confidence coming off back-to-back victories at Southwoods and Villamor last month.