Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
(C) PGT

Golf

PGT: Elmer Salvador shocks Keanu Jahns; top guns breeze through The Country Club Match Play


Elmer Salvador capitalized on Keanu Jahns’ costly mishit on the eighth hole and went on to achieve a significant 4&3 triumph as the ICTSI The Country Club Match Play Invitational unfolded with a blend of unexpected turns and seasoned triumphs in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, on Tuesday.

Top seed Jhonnel Ababa, defending champion Tony Lascuña, Miguel Tabuena, Justin Quiban, Angelo Que, Rupert Zaragosa, Ira Alido, and Guido van der Valk all sailed through with convincing victories, while a couple of matches went past 18 holes, highlighting the start of the head-to-head clashes in the P2 million championship at the TCC course.

However, Salvador took the spotlight in fair conditions at one of the country’s toughest courses, seizing the opportunity when Jahns faltered on the eighth hole, turning what seemed like an impending defeat into a surprising triumph.

“Hindi ko din alam kung pano ako nanalo (I don’t even know how I won),” said the reticent former OOM winner, underscoring the unpredictable nature of his comeback.

One hole down after seven holes, Salvador appeared resigned after Jahns almost reached the par-5 eighth hole in two.

But the Fil-German uncharacteristically fouled up on his third shot and ended up with a par while Salvador stuffed his approach shot from 100 yards to within six feet and made the putt to draw level.

The veteran Davaoeño campaigner then won four of the next seven holes as Jahns failed to recover his rhythm, and the former advanced against Del Monte’s Reymon Jaraula, who edged Gerald Rosales, 1-up.

Ababa, whose victories at Villamor-Philippine Masters and South Pacific propelled him to his first PGT Order of Merit crown, trampled Ferdie Aunzo, 3&2, while Lascuña, who dominated Jahns 4&3 to rule the inaugural staging of the event that took over from the North and South Duel at Villamor last year, dominated Gab Manotoc, 5&4.

#ReadMore  Though saddened by Leo Austria's situation, Jericho Cruz vows to remain a pro in SMB

Tabuena, on the other hand, put away fellow Asian Tour campaigner Lloyd Go, 3&2, with the two-time Philippine Open champion and No. 2 in this year’s Asian Tour Order of Merit facing Zaragosa in an interesting matchup in Round 2 of the knockout duels organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

Quiban, who wore down Marvin Dumandan on the fourth playoff hole to claim the South Pacific title last September, trounced Elee Bisera, 5&3, while Que ripped Korean Min Seong Kim with an early burst, going 3-up after six holes and then coasting to a 7&5 triumph.

Zaragosa whipped Mars Pucay, 3&2; Alido bucked an early slip and battled back from one-hole down to get past legend Frankie Miñoza, 4&3, while van der Valk also annexed a 4&3 victory over Art Arbole to launch his drive for a third straight title at this long, exacting layout after topping The TCC Invitational the past two years.

Others who advanced to the Last 16 were Albin Engino, who outlasted Nilo Salahog on the 20th hole; Marvin Dumandan, who blew a 1-up lead on the 18th but nipped Rico Depilo back on No. 1 with a birdie; Fidel Concepcion, who edged Sean Ramos, 1-up; Joenard Rates, who also foiled Dino Villanueva, 1-up; and Zanieboy Gialon, who routed Jay Bayron, 6&5.

Korean Hyun Ho Rho posted the day’s other reversal as the Q-School topnotcher toppled Michael Bibat, 3&2.

In other engrossing second-round matches, Que slugs it out with Alido, Quiban tests Rho, Ababa battles Engino, van der Valk tangles with Concepcion, Rates collides with Dumandan, and Lascuña squares up against Gialon.

Written By


You May Also Like

Basketball

On January 29, the San Miguel Corporation-Philippine Sportswriters Association (SMC-PSA) Awards Night at the Diamond Hotel will bring together outstanding individuals from various fields,...

Golf

Miguel Tabuena departed from his usual narrative of dramatic come-from-behind victories, opting for an aggressive stance early on as he dethroned Tony Lascuña with...

Golf

Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que secured commanding victories, setting the stage for an eagerly anticipated quarterfinal showdown in the ICTSI The Country Club Match...

Golf

Jhonnel Ababa emerged victorious in a grueling battle of wits and nerves that unfolded as an intense showdown. He secured a five-stroke triumph with...

Golf

Guido van der Valk endured a challenging test of will and character on Thursday to card a resilient 68, bringing him one step closer...

Golf

Guido van der Valk employed an early backside slip to ignite yet another scorching frontside run, securing a second consecutive 66 and maintaining his...

Golf

Justin Quiban seized the opportunity when Marvin Dumandan missed a crucial birdie putt from close range on the 72nd hole. Quiban then endured an...

Golf

Marvin Dumandan stole the spotlight in a thrilling third-round battle at the ICTSI South Pacific Classic in Davao City, making a remarkable surge past...

Advertisement