Tiger Woods, still with back spasms

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


THE Asian Tour just had its tournament in the Philippines. The $300,000 Solaire Open was held at The Country Club last March 13-16, 2014.

Angelo Que was the favorite to win, in fact, he played well during the first three rounds. He led by one stroke going to the final round. Miguel Tabuena was in second place after day 3. And the champion, a Canadian, was down by 4 strokes going to the final round.

On the fourth day, Angelo Que started well, scoring a birdie on the first hole. But on the second hole, a par 5, he went out of bounds 3 times and ended up scoring a 12. What a horrible thing. I can imagine how he felt after that 12. And he still had 16 holes to go. Ugh! His final score was 286 which put him tied for 21st place.

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The champion of the tournament was Richard Lee of Canada. He received $54,000. In second place was Chawalit Plaphol. In third place was Carlos Pigem. Tied for fourth place were Masahiro Kawamura, Paul Peterson, and Steve Lewton. Tied for seventh place were Andrew Dodt, Clyde Mondilla, and Miguel Tabuena. Tied for tenth place were Sam Brazel and David Lipsky.

Other notables: ZanieBoy Gialon, tied for 15th place; Angelo Que and Elmer Salvador, tied for 21st place; Tony Lascuna, tied for 31st place; Jay Bayron, tied for 38th place; Jhonnel Ababa, tied for 54th place. Among those who did not make the cut were Cassius Casas, Rufino Bayron, Elmer Saban, Marvin Dumandan, Ruben Sasutil, and others.

What’s happening on the Philippine Golf Tour? The ICTSI Splendido Classic is on-going. It is from March 17-22, 2014 and it is being held at Splendido Taal Golf Club. After that comes the ICTSI Camp John Hay Championship which is in Baguio and it will be from March 24-29, 2014.

I went through the schedule of the PGT for this year and I did not see Davao City on the list. Cagayan de Oro was not on the list also, but IloIlo, Cebu and Bacolod were on the list.

News about the PGA Tour. I will give you a recap of the recent PGA events and winners. Feb 13-16, Northern Trust Open, winner—Bubba Watson. Feb 19-23, World Golf championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, winner – Jason Day. Feb 27-Mar 2, The Honda Classic, winner—Russell Henley. March 6-9, Puerto Rico Open, winner – Chesson Hadley. March 6-9, World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, winner—Patrick Reed. March 13-16, Valspar Championship, winner—John Senden.

And this week, it is The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. The defending champion is Tiger Woods. Bad news for Tiger’s fans. He will not be able to defend his title. He backed out of the tournament because of his lingering back spasms. Sigh. I was looking forward to watching him play this week. I hope that his back will be okay in time for The Masters.

Speaking of The Masters, the PGA Tour’s most prestigious event is less than a month away. It will be on April 10-13, 2014. Don’t forget to watch it.

Congratulations to the winners of the 5th Monthly Medal Tournament of Rancho Palos Verdes held last March 14-16, 2014. Here they are: overall gross champion – Diemy Monedero, net champion – Jeff Ramirez; class A gross champion – Kuresh Samanodi, net champion – Horiuchi Shigenubo; class B gross champion – Kee Jae Un, net champion – Dominic Choi; class C gross champion – Ronnie Magsico, net champion – Gadi Sorilla; class D gross champion – Manuel Tesoro, net champion – Rene Ronquillo; seniors gross champion – Boy Tan, net champion – Vic Gonzales; super seniors gross champion – Totoy Gilles, net champion – Tamio Sakurai; jungolf champion (11 yrs & below) – Timothy Clark Co; jungolf champion (12-17 yrs old) – Sean Friis; ladies gross champion – Kim Sun Ae, net champion – Cristine Powell; guests division 1 gross champion – Paul Dakudao, net champion – Brian Davila; guests division 2 gross champion – Cesar Sulaik, net champion – Doming Lanoy.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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