ADT: Flawless Que jumps to the top at Aboitiz Invitational

Fri 26 Jul 2013

ADT: Flawless Que jumps to the top at Aboitiz Invitational

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Cebu, Philippines, July 26: Angelo Que of the Philippines fired a bogey-free five-under-par 67 to overtake compatriot Elmer Salvador for the third round lead at the Aboitiz Invitational on Friday.
Que, who opened with a 69, compiled a three-day total of 10-under-par 206 to enjoy a one-shot lead over defending champion Salvador as he heads into the final round of the US$65,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event at the Cebu Country Club.
Salvador, who has been running a fever since last night, signed for a 72 to settle for second place while Korea’s Park Il-hwan and Guido Van Der Valk of the Netherlands posted matching 210s for a share of third place .
England’s Ian Keenan slipped from second to fifth place after carding a disappointing 74 to tie with Filipino trio, Anthony Fernando, Antonio Lascuna and Carl Santos-Ocampo on 211.
Que, who returned with the day’s lowest score, gave credit to his hot putter for his commanding performance.
“My driving is a bit off today but I managed to hole a lot of putts. It was quite windy out there which makes the greens a little bit tougher. Overall, I’m happy with my bogey-free round today,” said Que.
When asked how he fancied his chances on the final day, Que chose to play down any expectations, opting to take a calculated approach instead.
“Anything can happen tomorrow. Salvador is a very strong player and I’ve played with him a lot. I will just focus on my game and hopefully, I can do well tomorrow,” added Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
Meanwhile Salvador hopes to regain his form by getting enough rest so that he can put up a stout title defence.
“I’m not in a good condition today. I’ve been running a fever since last night. I just hope to get some rest now,” said the Filipino, who mixed his card with three birdies and three bogeys.
“I hope I can get well by tomorrow. I will try my best,” said Salvador.
Created along the lines of the European Challenge Tour and Web.com Tour in the United States, the ADT will reward the top-three players on the final Order of Merit with Asian Tour cards for the following year.
All ADT events also receive Official World Golf Ranking points, which will be used to determine the field for the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne in November and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The winner of the Aboitiz Invitational will receive a total of six world ranking points while the top six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
Leading third round scores:
206 – Angelo QUE (PHI) 70-69-67
207 – Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 67-68-72
210 – Guido VAN DER VALK (NED) 69-72-69, PARK Il-hwan (KOR) 70-68-72
211 – Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 72-69-70, Carl SANTOS-OCAMPO (PHI) 71-68-72, Anthony FERNANDO (PHI) 68-70-73, Ian KEENAN (ENG) 70-67-74
212 – Charles HONG (PHI) 73-69-70, Jhonnel ABABA (PHI) 72-70-70
213 – Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 72-71-70, Michael MOORE (AUS) 72-71-70, Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 71-69-73, Roberto BERNIS Jr. (PHI) 71-69-73, Darren TAN (AUS) 68-71-74
Ends.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading three players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.