Lascuna's over the moon with Champion's spot

Fri 24 Oct 2014

Lascuna's over the moon with Champion's spot

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Shanghai, October 24: A jubilant Antonio Lascuna will head into next month’s US$8.5million WGC-HSBC Champions in high spirit after scoring on both his career and personal front.
The Filipino veteran has been one of the standouts on the Asian Tour this season, catching everyone’s attention with his sparkling form.
After a tied-11th finish at The Championship in Singapore, the 43-year-old burst into life with five top-10s including three runner-up finishes in the Philippines, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei to surge up the Order of Merit where he is currently in fourth place.
While Lascuna may not have won his maiden title on the region’s premier Tour yet, his results on Tour is an indication of an imminent breakthrough.
His performances have earned him a prize spot at the WGC-HSBC Champions as one of the leading four available players from the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit
Current Merit leader David Lipsky of the United States, India’s Anirban Lahiri and American Jason Knutzon have also qualified for the WGC-HSBC Champions which is the richest tournament in Asia.
“It has been a good season and it has exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t have asked for more especially with my place secured in the WGC-HSBC Champions
I’m really happy as this is the first time I’ll be playing at the WGC-HSBC Champions and I’ll really looking forward to it. The last time I was in China was for the 2007 World Cup with my partner Gerald Rosales,” said Lascuna.
A huge part of Lascuna’s success can be attributed to his wife who has been his pillar of support.
“My wife has always been encouraging me to stay fit so that I can keep up pace with the younger golfers. I’ve been going to the gym and it has been working out really well,” said Lascuna.
With the impending arrival of his baby boy too, the father-to-be is ready to ride on his joy and create an impact in Shanghai.
“We went to Boracay for a getaway and when we returned, I found out I was going to be a father! So much good news. Now I just want to play well against all these good players in Shanghai to round up a fantastic year,” said Lascuna.
Lascuna will face a formidable test as the final World Golf Championships event of the year will feature the world’s leading players including Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer.
The Filipino however remains unfazed by the galaxy of stars as he seeks to put up a performance befitting of his status as one of Philippines’ best golfers at the WGC-HSBC Champions which is the only country outside the United States to currently be hosting a one of the four prestigious World Golf Championship events.
“Of course they are all good players but my goal is to do my best because like the beauty of golf, anything can happen,” smiled Lascuna.
“I’ve been playing nicely this year but I didn’t have a good week in Hong Kong. My putting wasn’t good that week and when I got home, I spent eight hours over the weekend just on putting and working on my putting stroke. Hopefully, I start rolling in the putts again as we’ve got many big tournaments coming up in the next few weeks including the WGC-HSBC Champions,” added the Filipino.
The WGC-HSBC Champions is one of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organised by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour. The other World Golf Championships include the WGC- Match Play, WGC-Cadillac Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
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About the Asian Tour
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 Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) 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.
About HBSC:
HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to around 58 million customers through four global businesses; Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Global Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Private Banking.
HSBC Golf Sponsorships
HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite. HSBC is a Patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The Royal & Ancient creates a centre of gravity in a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC's key markets.  In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world-class golf events, with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. The WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and was once described by 14-time Major winner and former World Number 1 Tiger Woods as “The crowning jewel of all of Asian golf.”
HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour calendar.  As golf returns to the Olympic Games for Rio 2016, HSBC is also sponsoring the Brasil Champions event on the Web.com Tour.
However, underpinning those blue-riband events is a longer-term goal to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes.  As well as committing to the professional game, HSBC has a longer-term goal to create the legacy through sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes around the world. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program – a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. This includes the HSBC-sponsored China National Junior Team, the HSBC China Junior Open and the HSBC National Junior Golf Championship: a year-long series of tournaments designed to give China’s elite junior golfers the competitive platform they need to develop their game. In the UK HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots – The Golf Foundation's national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs, and uses golf to promote important life skills such as honesty and respect.
For more details on HSBC's golf activities, visit www.hsbcgolf.com
The HSBC Group
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from over 6,300 offices in 75 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,758bn at 31 March 2014, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.
About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.
About World Golf Championships/International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  The Asian Tour joined the Federation in November 1999.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Federation was expanded in June 2009 and now includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia, Sunshine Tour, China Golf Association, Korea Professional Golf Tour Corp., Professional Golf Tour of India, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour, Japan LPGA, Korean LPGA and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour.