The best driver could eventually get the Splendido title

The Philippine Golf Tour (PGT) stops at Laurel, Batangas for the P2-Million ICTSI Splendido Rhythm Challenge on Tuesday, and former Asian Games bronze medalist Michael Bibat, who is hoping for a long title drought, believes the tournament will be decided by the best driver that week.

“It’s not really a long course, but you have to hit your drives in the right place,” Bibat told Inquirer ahead of the official 60-man field practice round. “You have to miss it in the right place to get a chance to score.

“Drivers will be out of the bag almost every time.”

Splendido is a Greg Norman-designed layout that plays in a shadow below 7,000 yards but can ruin the field due to its height and curved fairway.

Bibat, who became one of the players to watch after finishing third behind Miguel Tabuena and Clyde Mandela in the Luisita leg last March, jumped into the practice round to get the game sized as a local tour organized by the Philippines Golf Tournament. , Inc. Plays only the third leg of a five-leg season.

“Many of us (players on the field) are doing the same kind of cramming,” said Biwat, who added that the unexpected wind at Tagai could create or break anyone’s chances at the 72-hole championship.

Meanwhile, Mandela has gone out to finish two bridesmaids this season and the length of the buckidon native tees off can certainly serve her well in Batangas.

Untitled since January 2020 when he won a five-man play-off at Pampanga Pradera Verde, Mandela is scrambling to win again after missing out on a chance in Luisita last March and Calaria last month.

The event marks the third time that the PGT Ladies will be held in conjunction with the PGT, with Chihiro Ikeda shooting two weeks ago for a follow-up to his 54-run victory over Chanel Avaricio at Mount Malarayat. Hole Championship. The women’s event also starts on Tuesday and ends on Thursday.

Antonio Lascuna, a former Order of Merit winner, is constantly preparing in Manila Southwoods in search of his 19th victory on Philippine soil. INQ

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