Hong spearheads local charge at RWM Masters

Thu 14 Nov 2013

Hong spearheads local charge at RWM Masters

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Manila, November 14: Philippines’ Charles Hong spearheaded the home charge when he posted a six-under-par 66 to stay two shots back of first round leader Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand in tied-third place at the US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters on Thursday.
The World Cup duo of Angelo Que and Antonio Lascuna also gave the crowd a preview of what to expect for next week’s ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf when they returned with matching 67s to stay closely in the hunt for the inaugural title in tied-eighth place.
Hong, who plays regularly on the Asian Development Tour which is the Tour’s secondary circuit, took advantage of the opportunity to play on the main Tour this week and is hopeful of continuing his good form into the week.
“I putted well as the greens were fair today. I guess what you see is what you get and there’re no tricky aspects to it. This is only my third tournament on the Asian Tour and I’m obviously happy to have shot a 66,” said Hong.
Que got off to a shaky start in his opening front-nine where he traded two bogeys against two birdies at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
The three-time Asian Tour winner, however steadied himself in his homeward run and was duly rewarded when he fired five birdies on holes 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 to sign for a 67.
“My swing tempo was a bit too fast in the early holes and that really caused me to lose my rhythm,” said Que.
“I think I can contend this week. But having said that, I’ll continue to play my own game and not try to exert too much pressure on myself,” added Que.
Lascuna’s confidence was buoyed by his excellent iron play and he is hopeful of taking advantage of his home course knowledge at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club to steer him towards his maiden Asian Tour win.
“My irons worked today and I’m glad that I’m in a strong position to contend for the title. Hopefully, I can lift the title on Sunday,” said Lascuna.
Ends.
About the Resorts World Manila Masters
A new era will beckon for professional golf in the Philippines when the Resorts World Manila Masters makes its debut on the Asian Tour. The newest US$750,000 event will be held at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 14 to 17, 2013 with all four rounds beamed live on the Asian Tour’s global television platform that reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.
By signing a landmark five-year agreement with the Asian Tour, Resorts World Manila Masters will not only expose local athletes to the highest level of competition, but will also put the Philippines on the international golfing radar.
The Resorts World Manila Masters also marks yet another step in Resorts World Manila’s efforts to champion Filipino talent, not only in entertainment and the arts, but also in terms of sports as it supports and develops local athletes for international success.
The Resorts World Manila Masters is title sponsored by Resorts World Manila with the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club as the official host venue. Other sponsors include Nike Golf, BMW, Sony, Asia Brewery, Canon, PLDT, Remington Hotel, Marriott Manila and media partner, Business Mirror.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.