Salvador leads as Que strikes hole-in-one

Thu 11 Sep 2014

Salvador leads as Que strikes hole-in-one

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Taipei, September 11: Filipino star Angelo Que fired a superb hole-in-one for an opening round four-under-par 68 to trail the clubhouse leader Elmer Salvador by two shots at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on Thursday.
Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner, aced the fifth hole with a seven iron from 200 yards out to win an Audemars Piguet watch worth 584,000 NT (approximately US$19,000) and 200,000 NT in cash (approximately US$6,500) at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
His countryman Salvador wielded a hot putter en-route to a 66 while Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna and Hsu Hao-sheng of Chinese Taipei shared second alongside Que on 68 in the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
Elmer Salvador of the Philippines Elmer Salvador of the Philippines
Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul stayed a further shot back following a 69. Defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant stayed within sight of the leader by posting a 70.
Que got off to a fast start when he eagled the 10th hole. He added two more birdies against as many bogeys before celebrating wildly when his ball rolled into the fifth hole from 25-feet.
It was the Filipino’s first official hole-in-one in an Asian Tour event. He previously made two hole-in-ones during the practice round of the 2011 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
“I jumped when I saw the ball disappear! This is the third hole-in-one I’ve had in my career so far and also my first in a proper professional tournament,” said Que.
“I had a solid round today. I cannot complain. I’ve played well here for the last few years. It always feels like home coming back here every year, playing at the same golf course and having the same sponsor. I am very pleased with how I’ve played today. Hopefully I can keep it up till the end of the week,” added the father of two.
Salvador, a two-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), overcame his poor tee shots with a red-hot putter.
“My putting was very good today. I made three long putts from about 20 feet on holes 7th, 15th and 17th. My driver has not been performing well and I am still trying to figure out why,” said the Filipino.