$100,000 CAT Open unfolds » Manila Bulletin Sports



TARLAC – The $100,000 CAT (Central Azucarera de Tarlac) Open reels off at the Luisita Golf and Country Club today with the elite field setting out with varying game plans on a challenging, demanding course in pursuit of the crown here.

Tony Lascuña, coming off a come-from-behind victory at Wack Wack two weeks ago, puts premium on putting, Clyde Mondilla and Jobim Carlos will lean on their long game while Zanieboy Gialon would opt for conservative play.

With the par-72 championship layout in great shape, expect a thriller of a battle in all four days from among the 94-player starting field from 17 countries chasing the top $17,500 purse in the event serving as the fifth leg of the inaugural Philippine Golf Tour Asia.

“The course is in great shape, especially the greens. I think it will all boil down to putting. There are fast greens and those that bite, so you really have to be very careful with each shot,” said Lascuña, who ended a string of mediocre finishes in the region’s newest circuit put up by ICTSI by winning the Wack Wack Championship in come-from-behind fashion.

The power-hitting Mondilla, who withdrew at Wack Wack due to foot blisters, is all set for a big rebound in search of a second PGTA title after winning the Riviera Classic last September, saying the course fits his style of play.

“It’s anybody’s game but I think my chances are good in his course even against the foreign aces. I can hit my drive without hesitation,” said Mondilla, who with Carlos had also hinted at the wind as a big factor to one’s title bid in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

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