Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - By Mu­song R. Castillo @mu­songINQ

The Philip­pine Mas­ters will con­tinue to have a home, at least up un­til next year.

The Mas­ters, one of the coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious tour­na­ments, will stay at Vil­lamor in Pasay after the or­ga­niz­ing Philip­pine Golf Tour and club of­fi­cials led by Lt. Gen. Galileo Ger­ard Kin­ta­nar Jr., also the com­mand­ing gen­eral of the Philip­pine Air Force (PAF), agreed to the stag­ing of the P2mil­lion event un­til 2019.

Clyde Mondilla won the re­vival of the event last year at the tree-lined, tough-as-nails lay­out with a six-un­der-par to­tal and will be gun­ning for a re­peat start­ing May 23.

Colo Ven­tosa, the gen­eral man­ager of the lo­cal tour, sealed the deal with Kin­ta­nar.

“It’s all sys­tems go,” Kin­ta­nar, who re­cently took over man­age­ment of the golf course, de­clared.

“That’s our com­mit­ment. The PAF ac­knowl­edges that Vil­lamor is the Mas­ters’ orig­i­nal home, and we are happy to be part of this in­ter­na­tional event,” Kin­ta­nar added.

Kin­ta­nar has grand plans for the lay­out, re­garded as one of the tough­est tests in golf in the land, as he tries to make Vil­lamor even tougher.

After this year’s Mas­ters, the lay­out will un­dergo a ma­jor facelift as the open­ing hole, a rel­a­tively short par-4, will be made into a par-5 and No. 2 to be re­duced to a par-4 with an is­land green.

“Look­ing at the blue­print, it (change) sure ap­pears pos­i­tive. It should be ex­cit­ing to see how our pros will adapt to th­ese changes—two tough holes to open the round,” Kin­ta­nar said.

Mondilla edged Tony Las­cuña, Jhon­nel Ababa and Amer­i­can Ni­co­las Paez to win with a 282 ag­gre­gate that only down­played how tough the course played and will play next week.

“We’ll have some of the in­ter­na­tional play­ers who joined last year in the field again,” said Ven­tosa, who re­cently met with Kin­ta­nar and Vil­lamor GM Guillermo Molina Jr. to fi­nal­ize plans and en­sure the smooth stag­ing of the blue-rib­bon event spon­sored by ICTSI.

Kin­ta­nar: All sys­tems go

Mondilla: De­fend­ing cham­pion

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