US, Aussie bets upbeat
TARLAC — The Philippine Golf Tour Asia (PGTA) resumes Tuesday with the CAT (Central Azucarera de Tarlac) Open featuring a stellar field bannered by the local top guns and a slew of foreign aces all primed up at the Luisita Golf and Country Club here.
Sam Gillis exudes confidence coming off a playoff victory in Malaysia last week, leading a crack United States contingent that includes regular PGTA campaigners John Michael O’Toole, Lexus Keoninh, Nicolas Paez, Andy Kang, Sydney Chung, Charles Lee, Cory Oride, Pete Vilairatana and Joshua Salah.
The Australians will be as much tested as the Americans with the likes of Tim Stewart, Nathan Park, Jack Sullivan, Nabil Abdul, Jeram Chudleigh, Calum Juniper and Simon Vitankangas setting out to keep their compatriots’ remarkable showing in the first five legs.
David Gleeson nipped local bet Erwin Arcillas in a playoff to rule the PGTA’s kickoff leg here last April while Damien Jordan dominated the Aboitiz Invitational at Orchard last month, victories that should serve as impetus for Stewart and company to accomplish their mission this week.
Stewart actually fell short of his title bid in last week’s ICTSI Luisita Invitational won by Clyde Mondilla, finishing tied for second with Macedonian Peter Stojanovski, another foreign ace tipped to contend for the $17,500 purse in the 72-hole championship.
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