Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que, along with fellow Asian Tour officials Justin Quiban and LJ Go, not only add depth to the ICTSI The Country Club Match Play Invitational starting November 21, but also look to be some of the players to beat.
Taking a break from their major tour dates in the region, the quartet has signed up to be among the 32-member field for the $2 million event to be held at the windswept venue south of Manila, with Tabuena and Que highly rated due to their recent form .
Former National Caddies Open champion Jonel Ababa will be the top seed after winning the Order of Merit (OOM) race for the first time. Where Tabuena, Que, Quiban and Go end up in the draw could end up being a threat to whoever faces their names in the first round.
Antonio Lascuña will be second and Reymon Jaraula will be third, while Clyde Mondilla will be begging to come to Japan for the qualifying series that will take place in the same week.
Also on the agenda this week will be the £1.5m Women’s Championship, which starts on November 22. Only the best 16 players from OOM were invited.
Tabuena won at the Asian Tour stop in India earlier this year and is one of the few competitors who can handle over 7,300 yards at The Country Club.
Lascuña won this event last year in Villamor, but he doesn’t give himself much of a chance to go deep due to the huge distance from the venue.