Angelo Joins Winner's Que at Carlsberg Masters 2004 Vietnam

Sun 07 Nov 2004

Angelo Joins Winner's Que at Carlsberg Masters 2004 Vietnam


Hanoi, November 7: Filipino Angelo Que produced a stunning upset victory over Thai star Thongchai Jaidee to lift the inaugural Carlsberg Masters 2004 Vietnam at Chi Linh Star Golf and Country Club today.


The 26-year-old Que, ranked a lowly 122nd on the Asian Tour Order of Merit entering this week's event, fired a final round two-under-par 70 to triumph by two strokes and win US$32,300.


His career breakthrough, thanks to a four-day total of 12-under-par 276, spoilt Thongchai's plan for a grand celebration as the Thai turns 35 on Monday. The Asian Tour number one stumbled to a 74 for second place while former US Open champion Corey Pavin settled for third position with a closing 70 at the Carlsberg Masters Vietnam, Hanoi's first professional golf tournament.


"It's a dream come true," said an elated Que. "It was very scary at the start as I was playing the top player in Asia. But after I made an eagle putt on five, it helped me calm down and pull through.


"On the eve of the tournament, I passed my entry form for next year's QualifyingSchool as I was expecting to head back there again. But now, I can pick and choose my events. I'm really happy.


"My confidence was low coming into this week but I told myself to start believing in myself. I knew I could play the game. This is golf, one day you can be down there and the next you're up here," added the former two-time Philippine Amateur champion.


Que, whose best finish in Asia this year was tied 21st in his home Open, started strongly with a birdie on his first hole and was tied for the lead when Thongchai bogeyed the third. A superb drive to 15 feet at the short par four fifth hole that set Que up for eagle pulled him ahead by two.


At the turn, Que was one up and Thongchai's charge eventually lost pace with bogeys on the 11th, 12th and 15th although he finished with a birdie on 18. Thongchai lamented a poor putting display. "I couldn't putt on the front nine. I thought the pins were in tough spots and I lost it on the back nine with those three bogeys.


"Angelo played good today and the eagle on five was the turning point. I missed putts on the next two holes after that and didn't get going," said the Thai.


Pavin started strongly with birdies on the third, fifth and seventh holes but a bogey on 13 snuffed his title charge. "I just didn't keep it going and it was frustrating. But I tried my hardest out there. I'm now looking forward to seeing the rest of Vietnam," said Pavin, who will tour the country with his Vietnamese Lisa for a week.


"It was nice to see a lot of people out today and get involve in golf. It is good. It's absolutely going in the right direction."


Thai duo Boonchu Ruangkit and Thaworn Wiratchant finished tied fourth on 281 following rounds of 72 and 74 respectively. It was Boonchu's third straight top-five finish on the Asian Tour. Indian rookie Ashok Kumar enjoyed a career high by finishing sixth a further stroke after closing with a 73.


Leading final round scores

276 - Angelo Que (PHI) 70-66-70-70

278 - Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 70-70-64-74

280 - Corey Pavin (USA) 71-68-71-70

281 - Boonchu Ruangkit (THA) 70-69-70-72, Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 68-71-68-74

282 - Ashok Kumar (IND) 71-70-68-73

283 - Rick Gibson (CAN) 70-74-69-70

284 - Chang Tse-peng (TPE) 69-71-74-70, Lin Wen-ko (TPE) 69-74-70-71

285 - Li Chao (CHN) 70-72-71-72

286 - Bryan Saltus (USA) 73-70-73-70, Lin Chie-hsiang (TPE) 75-68-72-71

287 - Sushi Ishigaki (JPN) 73-73-71-70

288 - Scott Barr (AUS) 67-73-76-72

289 - Ewan Porter (AUS) 72-73-74-70, Chris Williams (RSA) 72-75-72-70, Kyi Hla Han (MYN) 72-72-72-73, Anthony Kang (USA) 72-72-72-73

290 - Prom Meesawat (THA) 75-72-72-71, Keith Horne (RSA) 74-75-69-72, Alistair Presnell (AUS) 70-71-73-76, Adam Fraser (AUS) 73-70-71-76

291 - R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 74-73-73-71, Huang Tung-liang (TPE) 70-74-73-74, Jerome Delariarte (PHI) 69-70-76-76, Arjun Singh (IND) 72-74-70-75, Kasper Jorgensen (DEN) 71-73-70-77



The inaugural Carlsberg Masters 2004 Vietnam is the 19th leg on the Asian Tour. The US$200,000 tournament is title sponsored by Carlsberg, one of the largest brewery groups in the world as well as in Vietnam. The tournament's main sponsors are Chi Linh Star Golf and Country Club, Thai Airways as the Official Carrier, Hilton Hanoi Opera as the Official Hotel, GM Daewoo as the Official Car, Canon as the Official Office Suppliers and Aquafina as the Official Drink. Event partners include I-Golf, Hospital Francais De Hanoi, LG Electronics, Pepsi, the European Plastic Windows, Vinausteel, Nippon Paint, Somerset Grand Hanoi, Vietnam Partners LLC and High Performance Technology Joint Stock.