Langamin pulls off shocker

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NOEL LANGAMIN shocked Ru­pert Zaragosa with a dom­i­nant start then warded off his fan­cied ri­val’s charge with clutch iron shots in af­ter­noon play as he cap­tured the 2016 Philip­pine Am­a­teur Open Match Play Cham­pi­onship crown with a 3&2 vic­tory at the Or­chard Golf and Coun­try Club in Das­mar­iñas, Cavite, yes­ter­day.

Langamin sus­tained top form com­ing off a 3&2 romp over Ja­panese Yuto Kat­sura­gawa in the semis on Thurs­day, while pounc­ing on Zaragosa’s sput­ter­ing start to go 6-up in the first half of their marathon 36-hole fi­nale.

The Del Monte ace, 26, wa­vered a bit at re­sump­tion but held sway at the back­side with su­perb iron game and gutsy pars to foil his mul­ti­ti­tled ri­val, who came into the ti­tle duel look­ing for a fol­low-up to his vic­tory in the first MVPSF Visayas Re­gional Match Play in Cebu three weeks ago.

“This is my big­gest win since help­ing Del Monte win the PAL In­ter­club crown [in 2011],” said Langamin, who turned in a medi­ocre 10th-place fin­ish in the 36-hole stroke-play elims then hacked out back-to-back 3&2 wins over Bobby Ce­lestino and Jel­bert Gamolo in the knock­out phase be­fore edg­ing se­cond seed Tom Kim of Korea, 1-up, in the quar­ters.

Korean Hwang Min-jeong, like­wise, kept the mo­men­tum of a solid start, go­ing 2-up af­ter 18 holes in her ti­tle clash with Diana Araneta then un­leash­ing a stronger fin­ish­ing kick to fash­ion out a 4&2 win in the women’s side of the coun­try’s pre­mier match-play event.

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