The Philippine Golf Tour marks its decade-long season with a 12-stage circuit across the country starting with The Country Club Invitational on April 23-26 featuring a select cast headed by six former champions at the TCC course in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Angelo Que and Juvic Pagunsan shoot for a record fourth championship, Miguel Tabuena aims for a big rebound coming off an injury and Korean-American Micah Shin gears up for a reprise of his record feat last year when he edged Tabuena by one to become the first non-Filipino to win in what has long been considered as a major golfing championship.
But the rest of the top 30 players in the 2018 PGT Order of Merit ranking are also coming into the R5 million event upbeat but wary of their chances not only against the tour’s revered names but also over the dreaded par-72 Tom Weiskoph-designed layout.
The TCC has staged two big events the last six weeks, the inaugural TCC Ladies Invitational, which featured no less the world No. 1 Sung Hyun Park of Korea, and the Solaire Philippine Open topped by Clyde Mondilla, making it more than ready to host another top-notch championship among the best of the best.
But while Park’s victory was expected, Mondilla’s feat came as a surprise with the Del Monte ace outlasting American Nicolas Paez and winning by two despite a closing 75 and a two-over 290 total.