PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA—Angelo Que came up with a routine par on the first playoff hole to nip England’s Chris Rodgers and win the $300,000 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters for his third Asian Tour title Saturday.
After bogeying the 18th to fall into a tie with Rodgers after 72 holes, the 31-year-old Filipino ace returned to the same hole for the playoff with an easy four for the victory while Rodgers missed the green and three-putted for a six.
Que, who missed the halfway cut at the Brunei Open last week but started the day with a one-shot lead, closed with a 70 for a 270 total at the Seri Selangor Golf Club which Rodgers matched by shooting a 69.
“It feels great. First time I won was in 2004 and then I waited for four years for my second win. Now I’ve just waited for two years for my third. Hopefully I’ll keep winning and I won’t stop,” said Que.
“Three is a charm. Winning a third time tells you that you can really do it no matter what. You just need to have the right mind set and believe in yourself that you can do it.”
Que, who first won in Vietnam then captured the 2008 Philippine Open, seized the first prize check of $59,717 and moved up to ninth in the Asian Order of Merit with total earnings of $116,681.
Juvic Pagunsan, the third-placer in Brunei, rallied with a 3-under 32 coming home for a 71 and salvaged a tie for fourth at 280. Pagunsan picked up $15,598.
And Mars Pucay capped one of the strongest RP showing in the current Tour by joining a three-way deadlock for eighth with a 70 for 282. Pucay earned $8,389.
Jay Bayron carded a 75 and finished tied for 16th at 285 with Antonio Lascuna a stroke behind at 286 after a 74. Ferdinand Aunzo (72) wound up at 287 followed by Gene Bondoc (71) at 289 and Artemio Murakami (76) at 294.
Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant finished third, one shot out of the playoff, after a 68 which included a costly double bogey on his last hole while Australians Scott Barr and Brad Smith shared fourth place with Pagunsan.
Despite his bogey on 18 in regulation play, the bubbly Filipino was calm and collected and revealed that a 20-foot birdie on the 16th hole which drew him level with Rodgers was pivotal.
“16 was the key. After I holed my bogey putt in regulation, I was so relieved and I was calmer than earlier this morning,” said Que.
“Finishing second is never fun,” Rodgers said. “It was neck and neck and it was done in good spirit. It is a good tournament for me but a disappointing finish.” Asian Tour News