Que Enjoys Memorable Home Triumph at Philippine Open

Sun 06 Apr 2008

Que Enjoys Memorable Home Triumph at Philippine Open

Manila, April 6: Local star Angelo Que enjoyed a memorable home triumph when he lifted the Philippine Open title on Sunday.
The Manila-based Que fired a one-over-par 73 in the final round and claimed his second success on the Asian Tour at the challenging Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

As a result of the win, the 29-year-old Que took home the top prize of US$47,550 and rose to 20th place on the Asian Tour?s Order of Merit.

"I'm out of words. To win here at the Philippine Open is like a dream come true for me," said Que, moments after his triumph.

In-form Malaysian Danny Chia finished a stroke behind the champion in lone second place after a solid 66 while Australia?s Gavin Flint posted a 73 and claimed third spot. Filipino Tony Lascuna and Singapore?s Mardan Mamat recorded matching 73s to finish in a tie for fourth place alongside Australian Mitchell Brown who completed the week with an even-par performance for a 286 total.

"I'm feeling overjoyed. I get to play in the HSBC Champions and I get to pick my tournaments this year since I've sealed my card for the next two years. My wife Tracy is seven weeks pregnant so I will get to spend more time with her as a result of this win," said Que.

It was Que who held his nerves heading down the final stretch at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. He was one over after 13 holes before firing his fourth birdie of the day on the 14th hole. Que then dropped a shot at the signature 17th hole and his lead was down to one stroke over Chia who had already completed his round. On the final hole, Que calmly struck a 20 foot chip at the edge of the green which left the ball inches away for a simple tap in for par and the win.

"Coming in on the last hole, I saw Danny's score was four under total and I knew it might go for a play-off. I needed to par the 18th hole so I focused on my breathing exercises and hoped to hit it nicely and perfect and I did it.
"I kept my composure the entire week and I never tried to do something that I couldn?t. I didn't force anything. I can't wait to go and celebrate with my wife.

"It was a life changing experience when I knew that a baby was on the way two weeks ago. I am not playing for myself anymore as I'm playing for my family now which is added inspiration for me in life," admitted the Filipino champion who tied the knot with his wife Tracy last year.

He enjoyed his maiden win at the 2004 Carlsberg Masters Vietnam and posted one top-10 on the Asian Tour last season. But it has been a dream run for Que this year as he had previously sealed his spot at the British Open alongside Chia during the qualifiers in Singapore last week.

Running on a similar drive this season is Malaysia?s Chia who eagled the fourth hole for a closing 66 in lone second place.

"At the fourth hole, I hit a good tee shot followed by a four iron where the ball landed over the green. The ball was then 10 yards from the hole where I struck a good chip for eagle.

"I woke up today feeling lucky. Just before we left, I asked Gerald (Rosales) for the course record as deep down I knew I would do well today," admitted Chia.

Japan's Kodai Ichihara carded a 76 and ended the week in joint seventh position alongside Korea's Young Nam who shot a 74 and finished four strokes behind the winner.

After a disastrous 80 in the third round, Chinese Taipei's Lin Wen-tang bounced back with a 68 and claimed tied ninth place together with compatriot Lu Wen-teh who improved with a 70 for a 288. Rookie Andrew Dodt shot his second straight 71 and finished alongside the Chinese Taipei duo.

Last year's winner Frankie Minoza carded a 71 and claimed tied 13th spot for a 290 total.

Leading final round scores

283 - Angelo Que (PHI) 73-71-66-73

284 - Danny Chia (MAS) 71-71-76-66

285 - Gavin Flint (AUS) 67-70-75-73

286 - Mitchell Brown (AUS) 72-73-69-72, Mardan Mamat (SIN) 73-72-68-73, Antonio Lascuna (PHI) 71-70-72-73

287 - Young Nam (KOR) 71-70-72-74, Kodai Ichihara (JPN) 66-70-75-76

288 - Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 73-67-80-68, Lu Wen-teh (TPE) 73-73-72-70, Andrew Dodt (AUS) 74-72-71-71

289 - Artemio Murakami (PHI) 71-76-73-69

290 - Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 72-75-74-69, Frankie Minoza (PHI) 76-72-71-71, Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 70-75-73-72, Airil Rizman (MAS) 77-71-69-73

291 - Mo Joong-Kyung (KOR) 77-72-72-70, Brad Kennedy (AUS) 71-75-75-70, Jay Bayron (PHI) 73-71-77-70, Chawalit Plaphol (THA) 68-76-77-70, Ross Bain (SCO) 76-69-74-72

About the Philippine Open

The 2008 Philippine Open will return to the renowned Wack Wack Golf and Country Club from April 3-6. The main sponsors include the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Philippine Airlines and Stradcom. The US$300,000 Asian Tour event is also backed by Crowne Plaza Galleria (Official Hotel), Johnnie Walker, 100 Plus (Official Sports Drink), Srixon (Official Ball) and Pin High (Official Apparel). It is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and National Golf Association of Philippines and supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism. The Philippine Open 2008 will include a one-hour highlights show while the Asian Tour Weekly Magazine show will also capture the excitement of the event over ESPN Star Sports.

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 Carlsberg (Official Beer), ESPN Star Sports (Official Regional TV Broadcaster), Pin High (Official Apparel Partner), Sofitel (Official Hotel) and Srixon (Official Ball). Sentosa, Singapore?s premier island resort getaway, is the Home of the Asian Tour.