Quantcast
Latest Stories

Solaire Open rolls off today

By

ANGELO Que, who won the 2008 Philippine Open over the same challenging Wack Wack East layout, believes that it doesn’t take just a good game to win a tournament over the fabled course.

“With a strong field like this and over a course like the East, you need to have a lot of luck to win,” Que told the Inquirer yesterday, moments after wrapping up his final practice round for the $300,000 Solaire Open that tees off today.

“All parts of your game would have to click on all four days,” Que, who won with a five-under 283 total five years ago, added. “You can’t come to Wack Wack with a part of your game missing. Everything should be working.”

Frankie Miñoza, the legendary 53-year-old who was the Open champion the year before Que struck, predicts that the winds will again play a factor—as in any pro tournament that the traditional layout hosts.

“Every time there’s a pro event here, the winds blow,” Miñoza, the reigning Japan Senior Open champ, said. “I don’t know why. There’s no wind during practice rounds. It seems that someone turns it off and then on for the tournament.”

Another player who has triumphed over a strong international field in this course is Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, whose runaway victory in last year’s Open makes him  a logical choice as one of the players to beat here.

“It’s not all about power here,” the 45-year-old Mamat, who totaled 280 last year, said. “You need to be able to place your shots, otherwise, you’ll get in trouble.”

Wack Wack has always been one of the tougher stops in the Asian Tour, with the dreaded eighth hole, the camel back-shaped par-3, looming large in the minds of most of the participants.

And Mamat, who had a tough birdie in the final round of the Open last year, knows this.

“If you finish four days with a par on the eighth hole, you have a good chance to win the tournament,” Mamat said. “That’s the key hole to move into contention. ”

Tee-off starts at 6:15 a.m on the first and 10th holes. The rest of the field gets going at 11:15 a.m. also on both the first and 10th tees.

Mardan will tee off with Antonio Lascuña, who also won at Wack Wack in the final leg of the local tour last December, at 12 noon on the 10th. Juvic Pagunsan, the 2011 Asian Tour champion still to conquer Wack Wack, will start earlier on the same tee at 11:40 a.m. with Asian Tour standouts Chawalit Plaphol of Thailand and Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka.

Que will be with Australian star Scott Barr in the 6:45 a.m. flight on No. 1.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Other Stories:

No related posts found!


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: 2008 Philippine Open



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Ex-COA chief nabbed for plunder
  • John Paul relics abound: Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork…
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Smooth Edsa ride up in 2 years, but…
  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 US doctors, including Fil-Am pediatrician
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Marketplace