Reigning Philippine Open champion Clyde Mondilla hopes to put up a strong showing coming off a long rest, targeting no less than a top finish in the ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Championship starting tomorrow in Cagayan de Oro City.
The 2017 PGT Order of Merit winner marked his 2019 start with that surprise victory in the country’s premier championship at The Country Club last April, but withdrew from other events to take a much needed break.
He returned from a two-month layoff and tied for 12th in Bacolod and after missing a couple more tournaments, he turned in a third-place effort at Riviera last month but skipped the Aboitiz Invitational of the PGT Asia last week.
But with the PGT resuming with four tournaments in Mindanao, the Del Monte ace finds it fitting to sort of re-launch his campaign at his turf with this week’s P2.5 million event sponsored by ICTSI also serving as part of his buildup for the ICTSI Del Monte Championship on 18 to 21 September, where he hopes to dominate on a course he calls home.
“I just took a long rest, no injuries whatsoever, so I hope play good this week,” Mondilla said.
Davao will host the next stop on 2 to 5 October for the ICTSI Apo Golf Invitational before the PGT Mindanao swing winds up at the South Pacific Golf and Leisure Estates, also in Davao, on 9 to 12 October.
But like Mondilla, the rest of the stellar cast are ready and raring to fuel their respective drives with strong showing, ensuring a spirited battle right in the first round of the 72-hole championship serving as the seventh leg of the 10th season of the circuit.
They include a slew of top guns from talent-rich Mindanao, led by Jhonnel Ababa, Jay and Rufino Bayron, Mhark Fernando, Ferdie Aunzo, Tony Lascuña and Elmer Salvador, along with Johvanie Abaño, Reymon Jaraula, Paul and Peter Miñoza.