2022 ICTSI SPLENDIDO TAAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Van der Valk fights again, foils Tabuena in sudden demise

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Guido van der Valk receives the glass trophy from Splendido Taal Golf Membership normal supervisor Bobby Chico after finishing the come-from-behind win.

LAUREL, Batangas – Guido van der Valk pulled off an inconceivable birdie putt from method out on the 72nd gap to tie then pounced on Miguel Tabuena’s pulled drive in sudden demise to grab the ICTSI Splendido Taal Championship crown on a routine par right here yesterday.

Van der Valk pulled via on an early blast to battle again from 2-down to 2-up over Clyde Mondilla however misplaced a two-stroke lead within the face of Tabuena’s last spherical blitz that featured two eagles in a flight forward for a 64. However the Manila-based Dutch got here via with that unbelievable putt from the perimeter on No. 18 to spike a closing 68 and pressure a playoff at 16-under 272.

“That’s ridiculous. It’s in all probability the longest putt I ever made in my profession to get a crack on the championship, Nevertheless it occurs,” mentioned van der Valk.

One down heading to the par-4 closing gap, van der Valk hit drive however slipped along with his proper foot on his method, the ball touchdown on what he described as “lengthy, good distance off the opening with a large break.”

However he did the unthinkable then rode on that brilliance to frustrate Tabuena with one other strong drive on their return to No. 18 then hacked his method shot, this time, to inside seven toes.

In distinction, Tabuena pulled his drive then hit a shot from below the tree to the proper facet of the inexperienced. His chip went previous the opening and wanted two putts to gap out.

Freed of the stress, van der Valk flubbed his birdie bid then tapped in for par to clinch the victory price P360,000.

Tabuena had appeared headed to annexing his third victory right here on the Greg Norman-designed format after posting his first profession win in 2012 and reigned once more in 2015 as he rallied from six all the way down to storm forward by two on a six-under blitz in a five-hole stretch from No. 9. However he bogeyed the powerful No. 16 for the second straight day and settled for a one-stroke lead on the finish of regulation on a fiery 64 in scorching situations.

However van der Valk by no means misplaced hope though it regarded like he did after barely reaching the 18th inexperienced.

“I used to be simply fortunate it went in,” he mentioned.

Tabuena thus fell wanting scoring a second playoff victory after edging Mondilla at Luisita final March, ruing blowing the prospect to submit one of the stirring comebacks in Philippine Golf Tour historical past when he rallied from six all the way down to take command heading to the final 5 holes.

That blistering Tabuena cost featured a second eagle on No. 11 however a missed inexperienced miscue on No. 16 stalled his cost whereas giving van der Valk an opportunity to mount his personal model of a late rally.
Tabuena acquired P236,000.

Mondilla by no means recovered from a double bogey mishap on No. 2 and ended up with a 74 to drop to 3rd at 276 price P136,000 whereas Tony Lascuña stayed within the hunt with a 34 begin however made two bottom bogeys and completed with a 72 for fourth at 278. He took dwelling P106,000.

Former nationwide champion Lloyd Go additionally rallied with a 66 to tie former Masters titlist Jerson Balasabas, who shot a 68, at fifth at 279 whereas Joenard Charges birdied the final gap to shoot a 67 and share seventh place with Sean Ramos, who matched par 72, at 282.

Ira Alido, who dominated the sector within the ICTSI Riviera Championship at Langer in 2020, closed out the bottom with a 32 for a 68 as he salvaged joint ninth at 283 with Dino Villanueva and 2019 Pueble de Oro leg winner Reymon Jaraula, who carded 69 and 71, respectively.

Carl Corpus floundered with a 73 however nonetheless took the low novice honors as he completed tied for eleventh at 284 with Dan Cruz and Eric Gallardo, who turned in 72 and 74, respectively, within the third leg of this yr’s PGT put up by ICTSI and arranged by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

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