Pinoy Golfer Exploits: Pagunsan and Lascuna gets day’s best score in separate tournaments

13 10 2012

Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan had a steady a 70 in the 2012 Japan Open while every one had a tough day at the Naha Golf Club to move to joint second after 3 rounds.  Meanwhile at the Asian Tour, Antonio Lascuna sizzled with a 66 to barge into the top 10 after 3 rounds of the Venetian Macau Open 2012.

Juvic Pagunsan’s 70 brought him to just 2 strokes behind leader Tetsuji Hiratsuka. Pagunsan is tied with Koumei Oda at 218. Check out the tournament leader board. Pagunsan is still looking for his maiden Japan Golf Tour victory.  After winning the 2011 Asian Tour OOM, Pagunsan decided to campaign in the Japan Golf Tour in 2012. He has two top 10 finishes this year. He finished 4th in the Japan Golf Tour Championship Citibank Cup Shishido Hills and the jointly sanctioned event with the Asian Tour the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open. He has a streak of making the cut in the last 7 Japan Tour events.

At the Venetian Macau Open 2012, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India stayed on top of the leaderboard after a 69 in the penultimate round.  At -13, the Indian parbuster leads Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong by 2 strokes. Filipino Angelo Que and Australian Scott Hend are 2 shots back. Lascuna who made the day’s best score surged from 31st to 10th.  He is 6 strokes behind Bhullar at -7.  Other Filipino campaigners who are still in the tournament are Jhonnel Ababa at 41st, Miguel Tabuena at 57th, Michael Bibat and Elmer Salvador both at 64th. The Venetian Macau Tournament is a good tournament for players who are seeking to improve their Order of Merit standing. Lascuna is enjoying one of his best playing years at the Asian Tour as he currently sits at the 13th spot of the Asian Tour money list. The next best ranking Filipino is Pagunsan who is at 18th despite playing in just 3 events. Que is at 27th and Salvador is 39th.

Both tournaments will play its final round tomorrow and the Filipino golfers stand to earn a windfall if they keep their pace tournament.  Who knows?  A Filipino could bag a title tomorrow as momentum is on their side.


2012 Open Championship: Els wins the Claret Jug after Scott falters; Pagunsan 72nd

24 07 2012

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England  – Down by 6 strokes at the start of the final day, Ernie Els made the most of not playing in  the championship flight as he finished the day with a 2-under 68 and just hoping for the leaders to somehow choke and give him the victory. Indeed it happened in one fateful Sunday in July 2012 that a supposed runaway leader Adam Scott bogeyed the last four holes to lose the 2012 Open Championship by one stroke to the South African Els. Adam Scott of Australia ,who was with with Americans Tiger Woods and fellow Brandt Snedeker in the last flight, closed his forgettable final round with a 5 over 75. His flight mates closed with 73 and 74 to tie for 3rd place.

Ernie Els earned his 4th major and his first in 10 years. The victory was worth $1,405,890. The 2012 victory is Els’ second Open Championship.  He also have two US Open victories in his illustrious career. Rounding up the top 5 were Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell.  Filipino Juvic Pagunsan was able to make it in weekend play in his first major and ended up at 72nd place and earned $17,339. Pagunsan scored 71,72,73, and 75 for a total of 291 (11 over par).  He was 17 strokes behind the eventual champion.

The Open Championship: Juvic Pagunsan debuts with a 71

20 07 2012


Royal Lytham St. Anne – St. Annes, England – Filipino Juvic Pagunsan opened his first ever majors campaign with a 1-over 71 at the Open Championship.  The Open Championship which is also called the British Open is the oldest among golf’s four major championship and it is the only one played outside the United States.

Pagunsan, who clinched a slot in the Championships after topping the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2011, had 2 birdies against 3 bogeys in the opening round. He made birdies in the 4th and 6th holes while he had bogeys in the 5th, 9th , and 18th. As of posting, he is ranked tied for 56th and should he keep his rankings after the second round he will be able to make it to weekend play. Among the other players who opened with 71 are Davis Love III, Tom Watson, Miguel Jimenez, and Aaron Baddeley.  Tiger Woods finished with  a 67. Adam Scott has the clubhouse lead at 64.

Asian Tour: Pagunsan 2nd; Tabuena 10th in Queen’s Cup

18 06 2012

Samui, Thailand – Thaworn Wiratchant won his 13th Asian Tour title at the 2012 Queen’s Cup. The 45 year old Thai parbuster equalled fellow Thai Thongchai Jaidee’s record of Asian Tour victories.  His latest win was worth US$47,550.  He was 3 shots ahead of Siddikur of Bangladesh and reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines.

Pagunsan was playing in his first tournament in the 2012 Asian Tour after staying almost exclusively in the cash rich-Japan Golf Tour.  He opened the tournament with a terrible 75 but rallied in the 2nd round with a 65 to qualify for the weekend play. His 72-68 wind-up netted him $25,425.

Filipino youngster Miguel Tabuena limped home with a final round 76 after leading in the first 3 rounds. He was able to earn his first ever top 10 finish in the Asian Tour.  The $5,662.50 he earned in the tournament is the biggest so far in his professional career.  He finished 11th in the Philippine Open this year after collapsing with a final round 81. His experience in the Queen’s Cup will definitely give him lessons on staying on his nerves.

Top Finishers:

277 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 70-67-72-68.

280 – Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 75-65-72-68, SIDDIKUR (BAN) 70-68-71-71.

281 – Himmat RAI (IND) 70-72-72-67, Guido VAN DER VALK (NED) 70-72-69-70.

282 – Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 69-75-69-69, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 71-68-72-71, Varut CHOMCHALAM (THA) 72-71-66-73.

284 – Boonchu RUANGKIT (THA) 67-74-73-70.

285 – Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 76-70-75-64, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 67-70-72-76.

286 – Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-73-71-71, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 68-72-74-72, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 68-73-70-75, Jonathan MOORE (USA) 72-72-67-75.

287 – Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 73-69-71-74.

*photos are from Asian Tour website

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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World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship: Justin Rose rallies to win by 1 stroke

12 03 2012

Rose wins by 1 stroke (pic from

Miami, FloridaJustin Rose survived a gallant rally by World No.1 Rory McIlroy to claim the WGC-Cadillac Championship trophy as 3rd round leader Bubba Watson collapsed with a 74.  The other big news was the withdrawal of Tiger Woods due to soreness in the left Achilles tendon.

Rose was just 2 under par for the day but it was enough to win as Watson had 4 bogeys in the front nine to fall behind after holding a 3 shot lead after 54 holes. Rory Mcilroy had a 67 in the day. He eagled the 12th hole but bogeyed the 14th and 18th holes to miss a chance to salvage a playoff or a better placing.

Filipino Juvic Pagunsan and K.J. Choi finished at 4 under par in the tournament to become the best placed Asians. They finished 35th overall and earned $60,600. Pagunsan could have a better finish as he was -4 for the day after the first 9 holes. He double bogeyed the 13th and 18th holes to finish with a par 72 for the day.

Final Leaderboard:

1. Rose (-16)
2. Watson (-15)
3. McIlroy (-14)
T-4. Schwartzel (-13)
T-4. Hanson (-13)
T-6. Sendon (-12)
T-6. Donald (-12)

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship Round 3: Big Guns make move but Watson still leads the field

11 03 2012

McIlroy shot an amazing 65 but still trails Watson by 8 shots (photo from

Miami, FloridaRory McIlroy and Tiger Woods positioned themselves inside the Top 10 after 54 holes of play in the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship held at TPC Blue Monster at Doral. World No.1 Rory McIlroy had the day’s best score with an eagle-aided 65. Woods had a 68. Both players are now at -9 in the tournament and tied for 8th along with Charl Swartzel, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, and Webb Simpson.  They are still 8 shots a drift from leader Bubba Watson who had a 67 which includes in eagle at hole no.1.

Trailing Watson are Justin Rose and Keegan Bradley who are 202 and just 3 shots behind. 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan had an even par 72 for the day to fall to 32nd place with an aggregate of 212. The best Asian golfer after 3 rounds is K.J. Choi at 211.

Leaders after 72 holes:

1. Bubba Watson 70-62-67 199 -17

2. Justin Rose 69-64-69 202 -14

2. Keegan Bradley 69-67-66 202 -14

4. Peter Hanson 70-65-69 204 -12

5. Matt Kuchar 72-67-66 205 -11

5. Zach Johnson 70-68-67 205 -11


Round 3 best scores:

1. Rory McIlroy 65 -7

2. Keegan Bradley 66 -6

2. Matt Kuchar 66 -6

2. Webb Simpson 66 -6

2. Hunter Mahan 66 -6