Pagunsan opens with a 6 under par 66 in Japan PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup 2012

11 05 2012

Karasuyamajo Country Club, Japan – Filipino Juvic Pagunsan opened with a 6-under par 66 at the  PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup 2012.  The 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner is a stroke behind provisional first round leader Toru Taniguchi. The JPY 150 M event ($1.9M) will award JPY 30,000,000 ($376,000) to its winner.

Another Filipino campaigner is Angelo Que who opened with a 2 under par 70 for a provisional joint 12th place.  Several players have not yet finished their rounds but 2 Filipinos have a big chance to make it into the weekend play.

The last 6 champions of the tournament are Japanese.  The last non-Japanese to win was South Korean SK Ho who captured his 2nd straight title in 2005.  Current leader Toru Taniguchi won it in 2010.

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Tiger Woods captures first title after divorce

26 03 2012
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Tiger Woods (Photo credit: Richard Carter)

It has been almost 3 years since a sex scandal broke out involving Tiger Woods. The scandal affected his marriage and eventually to a divorce. Woods has never won a PGA Tour tournament since the scandal broke out. The drought ended today as Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Woods was leading after 54 holes and finished with a 70 today for a 5 shot victory over Graeme McDowell.

Woods joined 26 PGA Tour events in the span of the drought. He came close several times and many times he also got derailed by injuries.  He won the the Chevron World Challenge last December which had a field of 18 top players in the world.

The victory at Bayhill is the 72nd PGA title for  the former No.1 player. He is now 1 behind the legendary Jack Niklaus in PGA Tour wins. With the win, Woods will be ranked No.6 in the next world golf rankings.

Top 10 at Bay Hill:

1 Tiger Woods -13 69 65 71 70 275 $1,080,000 500
2 Graeme McDowell -8 72 63 71 74 280 $648,000 300
3 Ian Poulter -6 71 69 68 74 282 $408,000 190
T4 Kevin Na -5 73 68 69 73 283 $209,571 96
T4 Bubba Watson -5 69 70 72 72 283 $209,571 96
T4 Ryan Moore -5 71 71 71 70 283 $209,571 96
T4 Johnson Wagner -5 71 69 69 74 283 $209,571 96
T4 Ernie Els -5 71 70 67 75 283 $209,571 96
T4 Brian Davis -5 70 73 70 70 283 $209,571 96
T4 Bud Cauley -5 70 73 68 72 283 $209,571 96




McIlroy wins; Half Filipino Day finishes 2nd in the 2011 U.S. Open

21 06 2011
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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland won the 2011 US Open Golf Championships in a stunning fashion.  He led from start to finish and made several records on his way to winning his first Major Championship.   McIlroy is the championship’s youngest winner since 1923. He finished the tournament at 16-under which beat the record held by Tiger Woods (12 under) in the 2000 U.S. Open.  His lead was never threatened by any challenger in the last 3 rounds.

McIlroy was best remembered for his meltdown at the Masters.  He held a 4 shot lead going to the final round only to limp with an 80 in the final round and out of contention.  Now, the collapse is forgotten and is dubbed to be the next “Tiger Woods”.  A lot of pundits are seeing him as a future World No.1 and someone who will contend if not dominate the Major tournaments.  With his victory at the US Open, his ranking has climb to No.4.

Jason Day of Australia who happens to have Filipina mother finished 2nd.  It is his second straight 2nd place finish in a major tournament this year.  He now ranks 9th in the world after his US Open performance.

caloycomment: It is great to see younger and newer stars emerge in the Majors.  I expect to see both players to contend in the years to come and I smell a rivalry that is bound to happen.   Congratulations to McIlroy and Day!!!





Asian Games: Tabuena earns Silver in Men’s Golf

21 11 2010
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16 year old Miguel Luis Tabuena emerged as one of the youngest Filipino Asian games heroes by capturing the silver medal in the men’s golf competitions.  He closed out the tournament with an even 72 and ended up just behind Korean Whee Meen Kim who won the competition by a whopping 11 shots.  The Koreans swept all the gold medals in golf in the 2010 Asian Games.  Men’s team ended in a disappointing 5th place after contending most of the week.

The Philippines added 3 more bronze medals from taekwondo.  Paul Romero, John Paul Lizardo, and Kirstie Elaine Alora all lost in their semi-final matches ending their gold medal hopes.  With the medals of the 4, PH has now a tally of 2-2-8 (Gold silver BronzE)

caloycomment: It was a marvelous performance by the young parbuster.  I foresee another future Filipino golfing star that will do well in the Asian Tour.  The golfing competition though was a testament to Korea’s reputation as the hotbed of golf stars in Asia.  The Koreans simply overwhelmed the competitions, it was never even close. As for the takewondo jins, it was great to see them earning medals.  Although the Philippine Sports Commission would have wanted to see more.  I think taekwondo is one of the sports we can actually somehow win an Olympic medal. This sport should be actively introduced and developed in the grassroots level.





Frankie Miñoza earns full exempt status in Champion’s Tour

20 11 2010
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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Filipino Frankie Miñoza finished in the top 5 Champions Tour‘s national qualifying tournament at the  TPC Eagle Trace. He earned one of the 5 fully exempt  spots for the 2011 Tour along with tournament winner Keith ClearwaterLee Rinker, Phil Blackmar, and John Morse.

The Champions Tour is run by the PGA tour and it has events in the United States and United Kingdowm for golfers 50 years old and above.  Many PGA tour  veterans play in the Champions Tour.

caloycomment: Finally, Frankie Miñoza has qualified in the premier senior tour in the world.  I hope he will earn a lot in the 2011 season. I still think Frankie is one of the best golfers of the Philippines right now and he can still do well in the Asian Tour.





Red-Hot Juvic Pagunsan wins Bali Open

8 11 2010

Filipino Golfer Juvic Pagunsan scored a 66 on the final day to win the  inaugural Bali Open.  The golf tournament also served as the final leg of the Asian Development Tour season was held at the New Kuta Golf Resort.  Pagunsan won the Bali Open by 11 strokes over Sweden‘s Jarmo Sandelin.  Japan’s Masaki Sakata and Martin Rominger of Switzerland shared third place.  Pagunsan earned $10,500 for the victory.  He recently became the OOM winner in the Mercedes Benz Masters.

caloycomment: I hope that Juvic will continue his hot streak in the bigger tournaments of the Asian Tour.

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Juvic Pagunsan is the OOM winner of the Mercedes Tour

3 11 2010

Despite faltering in the last day of the Mercedes Benz Masters Indonesia Golf Tournament, Filipino Juvic Pagunsan was able to hold on to the order of merit crown of the tour.  He beats Nicholas Fung of Malaysia by just a mere $77 in earnings.  Pagunsan earned $25,450 in 7 events of the tour.  MBM Indonesia title went to Thailand’s Atthaphon Prathummanee who beat his compatriot Namchok Tantipokakul in a playoff. Other notable Filipino finishers of the tournament were Antonio Lascuna (Tied-5th), Artemio Murakami (8th), and Ferdie Aunzo (9th).

The top OOM Finishers of the tour were awarded slots in this year’s Barclay’s Singapore Open. The qualifiers are Pagunsan, Fung, Jay Bayron, Wisut Artjanawat, Panuphol Pittayarat and Thanyakon Khrongpha.

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Pagunsan loses MB Indonesia… (gmanews.tv)

Pagunsan takes top spot… (nst.com.my)