Salvador and Lascuna strike lucky streak

Mon 21 Oct 2013

Salvador and Lascuna strike lucky streak

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Kuala Lumpur, October 21: Filipinos Elmer Salvador and Antonio Lascuna enjoyed lucky breaks at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday, as their solid results would most likely earn them full playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2014.
Salvador and Lascuna ended their Macau campaign in tied third and tied fifth position respectively, propelling them inside the top-35 bracket on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Salvador produced a final round 66 to tie with four-time Major champion Ernie Els of South Africa. The Filipino earned US$45,200 to move up to 35th place on the Order of Merit, taking his season’s earnings to US$74,130.
“My driving was a little wild but my irons helped me save a lot of pars. I’m happy that I’ve saved my card for next year. I need to improve on my driving, I just don’t know why,” said the 43-year-old Salvador.
“It feels really good to be tied with Ernie. He’s a superstar. I’m just happy with last week,” he smiled.
Filipino veteran Lascuna, who has kept his Asian Tour card since 2007, posted his best result this season which helped him climb up the Order of Merit rankings to 34th place with a haul of US$74,329.
“I was 57th on the Order of Merit before Macau but I should be safe after last week’s result. I’m happy because I was checking my rankings back home. Now, I can relax a bit,” said the bubbly Lascuna.
While Lascuna has yet to win on the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its 10th season in 2013, he will take aim at the inaugural Resorts World Manila Masters which takes place on his home course at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 14 to November 17.
“I’m looking forward to the Resort World Manila Masters. With my card safe now, I’ll try to win on my home course. No more pressure as my ranking is safe. I’ll try my hardest,” said Lascuna, who will also represent Philippines at the 2013 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf in November.
“It’s a good course. I won twice on the local Tour at Manila Southwoods with a score of 21-under and 14-under. I know which lines to drive the ball, know the distances and the greens. I will have confidence playing there,” said the 42-year-old Lascuna.
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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), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Subway Restaurants (Official Quick Service Restaurant) 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