Aboitiz Equity Ventures : Bayron foils Green, nails 2nd Aboitiz title

Jay Bayron pounced on a crucial two-shot swing on No. 15 to seize control then held on with clutch putts to edge Malaysian Gavin Green and win the hotly disputed $100,000 Aboitiz Invitational crown by two on a closing two-under 70 at Wack Wack's East yesterday.

Bayron, one down behind third round leader Nicolas Paez of the US and three-up on Green at the start of the round, hit a solid drive and superb approach shot on No. 15 then made a delicate birdie putt from six feet before watching Green, who rallied to tie Bayron with four holes left, muff a four-footer for par to surge ahead.

Not even Green's pressure-packed birdie feat on the par-3 16th could shake off the veteran Bayron, who parred the last three holes, including a par-save on No. 18, to clinch the victory on a six-under 282 aggregate and keep the Aboitiz crown on home soil for the sixth straight year Bayron actually ruled the inaugural staging of the event put up by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.

in Cebu in 2011 but failed to contend in the next four, finishing joint sixth in 2012, winding up tied for 29th in 2013, joint 45th in 2014 and tied for ninth in last year's staging of the championship co-organized by Asian Development Tour and Pilipinas Golf Tournamets, Inc. Though the two-shot swing on No.

15 fueled his title bid, the ace Davaoeao shotmaker said it was his chip-in birdie from 30 yards on the ninth that keyed his victory. "That was the turning point.

In the first few holes, I was looking for something to inspire me and that chip-in birdie was the answer," said Bayron, who bucked an opening hole bogey with birdies on Nos. 4 and 9 and made up for his other bogey mishap on No.

11 by birdieing Nos. 13 and 15 to pocket the top $17,500 purse (P822,500).

element-invisibleSportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Down by one heading to the 72nd hole, Green, who pulled off a two-shot win over Singapore'sKoh Deng Shan at Manila Southwoods ADT last April, went for broke and ended up shattered holing out with bogey for a 69 and a 284 worth $11,500. Thai Rattanon Wannasrichan came from behind to snatch solo third at 285 after a 69 and $7,000 as the erstwhile leader and pursuers dropped out of the title chase one after the other with shaky finishes.

Tony Lascuaa, who pulled within one with a 34 after nine holes, fumbled with three bogeys against two birdies at the back and wound up with a 71 for 286, settling for joint fourth with Indonesian George Gandranata, who also pressed his bid with a three-under card after 10 holes, only to reel back with two bogeys against one bogey in the last eight. He finished with a 70.

Each received $5,000. Paez, who held on to the lead despite a 74 in the third round, succumbed to pressure early, stumbling with a 37 before blowing it all with four bogeys in the last seven holes for a 77.

He fell to joint sixth at 288 with Thai Poom Saksansin, who matched par 72, and Swede Malcolm Kokocinski, who also moved in contention with a two-under card after 11 holes but bogeyed three of the last seven, including the last two holes for a 73. Each got $3,133.

The event is backed by Custom Clubmakers, Adidas, KZG, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Pacsports, TaylorMade, Sharp and Champion.

Source: 4 Traders