"i'll Be Back, Says Pagunsan"

Sun 22 Jul 2012

"i'll Be Back, Says Pagunsan"


Lytham St Annes, England, July 22: Filipino Juvic Pagunsan ended his campaign at The Open Championship with his worse round of five-over-par 75 on Sunday but vowed to make a quick return to the world’s oldest championship.

The reigning Asian Tour number one dropped six bogeys and registered one lone birdie at Royal Lytham and St Annes for a four-day total of 11-over-par 291 in in his maiden Major appearance.

“Missed a couple of shots on the back nine. It’s not the way that I wanted to finish the week,” said Pagunsan.

“But overall, it’s been really nice, a good experience to be here. It’s a wonderful experience. I’ll take away some god memories, one of the lucky ones who have played four rounds in this Major.”

Pagunsan, who has expressed his dislike for long-distance travel, said he would be the first to put his name for the International Final Qualifying in Asia next year.

“I’ll try again to come back here. If there is an opportunity, I’ll come. I wouldn’t mind the travel to come here,” said Pagunsan, the first Filipino to win the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit last season.

He realizes the need to sharpen his all-round game if he is to feature more prominently in the Majors.

“I need to focus more on my game if I am to be a part of them, the top players in the world. I need more practice, better focus and better course management.

“I played with Retief (Goosen) today and I saw so many shots from him. He also gave me some good advice,” he said.

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