Guido van der Valk drained a birdie putt from a “long, long way” from the 72nd hole on Friday to force the playoffs and then lost to Miguel Tabuena in the first hole of sudden death to claim the P2 million ICTSI Splendido Tal Championship crown in Laurel, Batangas.
The Dutchman, a longtime resident of the Philippines, regulated closed with a four-under-par 68, enough to hold Tabuena to 272 after winning the hill layout ahead of 64 in the two-time PH Open Champions Group.
But an equalizer was enough to win the third leg of the circuit hosted by the Philippines Golf Tournaments, Inc. as Tabuena pulled his drive back to their 18th T20.
“That’s ridiculous. It’s probably the longest put in my career to get a crack at the championship, but it does happen,” said Van der Valk. “I was lucky to get into it.”
Clyde Mandela, the seven-man leader after 36 holes who started the second day in front of Van der Valk, scored 74 for 276, while former Order of Merit winner Antonio Lascuna from Manila Southwoods equalized two more shots. Back
Van der Valk was the only player to crack the 60-strong field, while Mandela, after playing the first 36 holes in the 14-under, played the last two days in four overs to fail to win even after two runners-up. This season.
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