10 years of magic: 2004 Philippine Open

Wed 31 Jul 2013

10 years of magic: 2004 Philippine Open

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The Asian Tour takes a look back down memory lane and celebrates the victory of American Edward Michaels at the US$150,000 DHL Philippine Open in 2004.
The DHL Philippine Open was held from February 26 to 29 at the Riviera Golf and Country Club.
Michaels claimed victory by three shots to deny then local amateur Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines his day of glory.
It was only the second event that the 27-year-old Michaels played in Asia. He fired a two-under-par 69 in the final round at Riviera Golf and Country Club and triumphed with a four-day total of two-under-par 282. He took home a winner’s cheque of US$24,225 courtesy of his victory.
"I am speechless. I am very much surprised to win here,” said Michaels, who was the only player in the field to shoot under par in what is Asia’s oldest National Championships.
The Atlanta-based American survived a late mishap on the 15th hole when he picked up a two-stroke penalty for removing loose impediment from a bunker which led to a double bogey six but he still prevailed as his closest challengers failed to mount late title bids.
Pagunsan, who was 25 years old then, was bidding to become the third amateur player to win the Philippine Open but the joint overnight leader got off to the worst possible start with bogeys on his first two holes as he signed for a 74 to take second place.
England’s Jonathan Cheetham took a share of third place with Australian Adam Groom, six shots behind the winner. Groom, who entered the final round tied for the lead, stumbled to an outward 40 en route to a 77.
Chinese Taipei’s Chen Yuan-chi finished tied fifth with qualifying school graduate Richard Moir on 289.
Starting the day two off the lead, Michaels took control with four birdies on his first six holes but dropped three straight bogeys from the seventh hole. An eagle three on the par five 10th settled his nerves and after his dropped shots on 15th, he birdied 16th for good measure to win with ease.
Michaels, who picked up golf at a relative late age of 18, earned his Asian Tour card from Qualifying School in January that year but missed the cut in the season opening Thailand Open.
Ends.
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