Lascuna ready for breakthrough at RWM Masters

Fri 07 Nov 2014

Lascuna ready for breakthrough at RWM Masters

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Manila, November 7: Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna hopes to ditch his bridesmaid’s tag by securing his maiden Asian Tour victory at the prestigious US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters, which is returning for its second edition from November 20 to 23.
Lascuna will spearhead the local charge alongside Angelo Que, placed fifth on the Order of Merit, and young talent Miguel Tabuena at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club which is set to provide a stern test for the elite field which features players from 25 countries.
Despite being one of the most consistent players on Tour, Lascuna had endured several near-misses for a breakthrough victory, especially this season where he chalked up four top-three finishes to sit in seventh place on the current merit rankings.
A lot of my friends told me that I have a good chance to win the Resorts World Manila Masters if I keep up with how I’ve been doing. I am looking forward to this tournament. The prize money is good and it is held back home, which is an advantage for us,” said Lascuna.
Having sealed five domestic victories this year which included a maiden win on the Asian Development Tour, Lascuna hopes to carry his superb form onto the main Tour.
“My aim is to get my first win on the Asian Tour. I have never won on the Asian Tour before. I think it’s about time. I will continue to do my best and work towards that. I’m very excited about this event. It would be a bonus to win as it’s on home soil,” added the amiable Filipino.
Lascuna, who welcomed his second child in September, believes a strong family support will further motivate him as he chases for his long-overdue win on the region’s premier Tour.
“I’ve got very strong support from my family, especially my wife. Whenever I’m not playing golf, she would remind me to go to the gym and go for my daily jogs. Every day, without fail. She will always push me to keep up with my fitness. I really appreciate that and I guess that has helped me a lot in my game.
“When I’m at home, she will wake me up at 9.00am for my 1-hour morning jog. After that, I would go home for a two-hour nap and she will wake me up again at 2.00pm and ask me to go to the gym. It’s pretty much a daily cycle and I’m actually very thankful for that,” said the 43-year-old.
Meanwhile Tabuena, who was left to rue a missed chance for his maiden Asian Tour win when he lost to Thailand’s Prom Meesawat in Chinese Taipei two months ago, will prepare for another title assault at the Resorts World Manila Masters.
“It’s always good to have an Asian Tour event in the Philippines, it gives local players like us a good advantage.
“I’m sure there will be some pressure as we’re playing at home with the local support from families and friends. I will try and cope with it. I’m really looking forward to that event so hopefully I can get a good result that week,” said the 19-year-old Filipino, ranked 27th on the current money list.
The Resorts World Manila Masters is celebrating its second edition by raising the tournament’s prize fund to US$1 million this year, which is US$250,000 more than the inaugural edition in 2013. It is the richest golf tournament in the Philippines and one of three which features on the Asian Tour.
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