Mondilla tops TPC, wins OOM ti­tle

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LIPA CITY – Power-hit­ting Clyde Mondilla crowned him­self the new ICTSI Philip­pine Golf Tour Or­der of Merit cham­pion in style, sweep­ing the last two legs of the cir­cuit, in­clud­ing the

₱3 mil­lion The Play­ers Cham­pi­onship at the Sum­mit Point Golf Club yes­ter­day here.

But in one stretch, Jer­son Balasabas looked all set to spoil Mondilla’s coro­na­tion as he charged back from six strokes down in a flight ahead with a scorch­ing ea­gle-spiked start to draw level af­ter six holes.

But the Del Monte ace came through with his own ea­gle-aided fin­ish capped by four birdies in the last five holes to beat Balasabas by three.

Mondilla closed out the way he opened his ti­tle drive in this fi­nal PGT leg – with a five-un­der 67 for a win­ning 17-un­der 271. Two weeks af­ter pock­et­ing $17,500 for top­ping the ICTSI Riviera Clas­sic of the PGT Asia Tour, he banked an­other ₱550,000 which he re­ceived from the or­ga­niz­ing Pilip­inas Golf Tour­na­ments, Inc. ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Nar­lene So­ri­ano dur­ing awards rites.

“I’m so happy, this is a sweet vic­tory and I couldn’t ask for more,” said Mondilla, who also won back-to-back at Manila South­woods and Vil­lamor last May to com­plete a four-leg romp in the ninth sea­son of the coun­try’s pre­mier cir­cuit spon­sored by ICTSI.

Balasabas com­ple­mented his hot 31 start with a solid fin­ish, a bo­gey-free back­side 33 for a tour­na­ment-best eight-un­der 64 but could only set­tle for sec­ond at 274 worth ₱370,000 as Mondilla re­cov­ered his touch – off the mound, on the fair­way and on the greens – to hold off his ri­val, clinch the crown and for­mal­ize his claim on his first OOM ti­tle.

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