Hong bounces back to emerge as top Filipino

Sun 17 Nov 2013

Hong bounces back to emerge as top Filipino

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Manila, November 17: Philippines’ Charles Hong emerged as the highest-ranked Filipino after he closed with a seven-under-par 65 at the inaugural US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters on Sunday.
The 25-year-old capped his best result on the Asian Tour after compiling a four-day total of 12-under-par 276 to share ninth place with American David Lipsky and Sri Lankan Mithun Perera, who returned with rounds of 72 and 69 respectively.
After carding a 75 in the third round, Hong managed to turn his game around on the final day by marking his card with eight birdies against a lone bogey at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
Hong credited his caddie, Tonlits Asistio for playing an instrumental role as he helped him navigate the challenging Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club with his good course knowledge.
Hong also took home US$14,487.67 which is also the biggest pay check he has received so far in his professional career.
“It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for me this week. I have some friends who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan and it has always been at the back of my mind. Nevertheless, the experience has been great. My caddie helped me a lot with his course knowledge and I am very thankful for that,” said Hong.
Hong hopes to put his experience gained from the Resorts World Manila Masters to good use when he challenges for his Tour card at the Asian Tour Qualifying School next year.
“It has always been my dream to play on the Asian Tour. Finishing well this week has given me a lot of confidence to try for an Asian Tour card next year,” said Hong.
Meanwhile compatriot Angelo Que, closed with a 73 to finish in tied-25th while Rey Pagunsan, uncle of Juvic Pagunsan, 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, signed for a 72 to take a share 29th place.
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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.