Back 9 with Angelo Que

Fri 17 May 2013

Back 9 with Angelo Que

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May 17: Find out more about Philippine’s Angelo Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner, as he talks about his aim in golf and how he would describe himself as a golfer in this latest instalment of our Back 9 series.
1)        What is the one tournament that you want to win in Asia and around the world?
I hope to win the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open which is one of the biggest tournaments in Asia. As for the other tournament that I hope to win around the world, I guess it would be the US Open.
2)        If there was one rule of golf which you can change, what would it be?
We (players) should get a relief when our ball lands in a divot on the fairways.
3)        How would you describe yourself as a golfer?
I am a fun golfer!
4)        Which golf course do you really want to play on?
I really hope to play at the Augusta National Golf Club one day!
5)        What would you do if there’s no internet or television in your hotel room during the tournament week?
I would probably be playing cards with my friends on Tour or watch my favourite movies on my laptop.
6)        What is your best advice received as a professional golfer?
The best advice that I received as a professional golfer is to enjoy the game and take it easy.
7)        When you win a golf tournament, who do you want to see when you sink that winning putt?
It would definitely be my wife, Tracy.
8)        What is the oldest club in your golf bag?
It would be my putter. It’s about ten months old.
9)        If you are not a professional golfer, what would you be?
I have never thought about that before. I guess I would probably be working at a golf club if I am not a professional golfer.
About Angelo Que
Country:               Philippines
Date of Birth:      Dec 03, 1978
Residence:           Manila
Family:                 Married
Turned Pro:        2003
ASIAN TOUR VICTORIES: (3) 2004 Carlsberg Masters Vietnam, 2008 Philippine Open, 2010 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, Malaysia.
PRO WINS: (2) 2008 & 2009 ICTSI Mt Malayarat Championship, Philippines.
AMATEUR WINS: (2) 2001 and 2002 Philippine Amateur Championship; 2007 Laguna National Asean Championship, Singapore
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Angelo enjoyed four top-10 finishes in 2012 with his best result coming at the season-ending Iskandar Johor Open where he finished tied-fifth. During the second half of the season, he arrived at most tournaments only the eve and strung together eight consecutive made cuts. He got off to a brilliant start in 2011, finishing in tied ninth place at the season-opening Avantha Masters in India before claiming three top-20s at the Indonesian Masters, Macau Open presented by Cityneon and Barclays Singapore Open. Outside the ropes, he welcomed the arrival of his first child with his wife Tracy. In 2010, Angelo claimed his third Asian Tour victory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters when he defeated England's Chris Rodgers in a thrilling play-off at Seri Selangor Golf Club. He attributed his success to a new fitness and diet regime where he abstained from meat for a week. Angelo’s best finish in 2009 came at the Omega European Masters when he played his way into contention in Switzerland and finished tied-seventh at the first co-sanctioned event with the European Tour staged on European soil. He also finished top-10 at the Black Mountain Masters and was tied 11th in the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. He also qualified for the US Open but missed the cut by two strokes. In 2008, he hit his best form when he triumphed at the Philippine Open and earned a major appearance at the British Open through qualifying. It was a dream come true when he won his home Open as he held his nerve with a par save on the final hole to pull off a one-shot triumph. Weeks earlier, Angelo qualified for the British Open when he holed a monster birdie putt in a play-off to seal a ticket to Royal Birkdale but he missed the halfway cut at the year’s third major. Another career high came when he qualified for his first appearance at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup with partner Mars Pucay. They finished a commendable tied 10th. In 2007, he posted one top-10 when he claimed tied fifth place at the Pine Valley Beijing Open. In 2006, Angelo produced a lone top-10 at the SK Telecom Open in Korea. Says poor driving cost him better finishes. Angelo enjoyed a strong start to the 2005 season with several good finishes. He was named as a reserve for the Dynasty Cup and he got his break when Charlie Wi of Korea withdrew. Angelo rose to the occasion against Japan by winning two points for Asia, and holed the winning putt that secured the Cup for the team. Angelo won his maiden title on the Asian Tour in 2004, lifting the Carlsberg Masters Vietnam after beating Thongchai Jaidee and former US Open champion Corey Pavin. He entered the tournament ranked a lowly 122nd on the Order of Merit and had submitted his Qualifying School forms on the eve of the Hanoi event but produced a stunning two-stroke victory. Angelo showed great promise during his amateur days, winning the Philippine Amateur title in 2000 and 2001. His best achievement before joining the professional ranks was finishing third in the Eisenhower Trophy Individual Category in Malaysia in 2002. Subsequently turned professional in 2003 and earned his card in Asia by finishing tied second in the Qualifying School. Finished tied 16th in the Volvo China Open but had to go back to Qualifying School in the following year to regain his card but did not make any headway until the inaugural Carlsberg Masters Vietnam. He is one of the most jovial players on the Asian Tour. In June 2007, the Filipino tied the knot to long-time sweetheart Tracy.