Taiwan's Hsu Chi-san on Sunday (12 February) broke through a five man log jam to take the third Philippines Masters Golf championship, with a four under par total of 284.
Taiwan's Hsu Chi-san on Sunday (12 February) broke through a five man log jam to take the third Philippines Masters Golf championship, with a four under par total of 284. The Philippines' Mario Siodina and Ruby Lavares along with Paul Burtzer of the United States, shared second place, a stroke behind.
SYNOPSIS: The tourney, staged at the spacious Nichols Golf Club in suburban Manila, marks the beginning of the 1978 Asian golf circuit.
The large purse, attracted some of golf's big names. But none of them fared very well. England's Maurice Bembridge, who normally can be found playing the lurcative circuit in America, managed only a poor three over par total of 291.
Hsu Chi-san of Taiwan who began the final day bunched in second place with three others on two under par, broke through with back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th.
Hard on his heels all the way, was the highly regarded Filipino Mario Siodina. His four foot birdie putt on the eleventh kept him one stroke behind Hsu going into the final six.
Joining Siodina was fellow countryman Rudy Lavares. He fought back from four strokes down. But his final round of 69 wasn't enough to overcome the one stroke deficit.
But a momentary chance for both did come on the sixteenth, when Hsu took his third three-putt bogey of the day. The see-saw, battle finally ended on the seventeenth when Hsu quickly stormed back with a birdie.
The title and its first prize of 12,000 US dollars was finally his after holding on with a par on the eighteenth.