Philippine Masters

The Philippine Masters is a professional golf tournament in the Philippines. First played as the Philippine Masters Invitational in 1976 over the golf course at Nichols Air Base (now Villamor Air Base) in Pasay, to the south of Manila, it was scheduled the week before the first event of the Asia Golf Circuit calendar, and as such was considered an unofficial season opener or warm-up event for the tour.[1][2]

Philippine Masters
Tournament information
LocationPasay, Philippines
Established1976
Course(s)Villamor Golf Course
Par72
Tour(s)Philippine Golf Tour
Asia Golf Circuit (1998)
FormatStroke play
Current champion
Philippines Jerson Balasabas

In the late 1990s, it became a full event on the Asia Golf Circuit but when the tour ended, the Philippine Masters soon followed. After 2000, it was not staged again until it was revived in 2017 as an event on the local Philippine Golf Tour.[3]

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
2018 Jerson Balasabas   Philippines 285 −3 Playoff[a]   Guido van der Valk [4]
2017 Clyde Mondilla   Philippines 282 −6 1 stroke   Tony Lascuña
  Jhonnel Ababa
  Nicolas Paez
[5]
2001–2016 No tournament [6]
2000 Cassius Casas   Philippines Playoff   Robert Pactolerin [6]
1999 No tournament
1998 Frankie Miñoza   Philippines 278 −10 Playoff[b]   Rodrigo Cuello [7]
1996–1997 No tournament [8]
1995 Olle Nordberg   Sweden 281 −7 [3][9]
1994 Rodrigo Cuello   Philippines 279 −9 Playoff[c]   Frankie Miñoza
  Robert Pactolerin
[10]
1993 Frankie Miñoza   Philippines 279 −9 6 strokes   Ernie Rellon
  Danny Zarate
[11]
1992 Robert Pactolerin   Philippines [8]
1991 Robert Pactolerin   Philippines [8]
1990 E.J. Pfister   United States 285 −3 5 strokes   Don Klenk [12]
1989 George Olaybar   Philippines [12]
1981–1988 No tournament
1980 Hsieh Min-Nan   Republic of China 283 −5 2 strokes   Lu Hsi-chuen
  Rick Mallicoat
[13]
1979 Mya Aye   Burma 280 −8 2 strokes   Ho Ming-chung [14]
1978 Hsu Chi-san   Republic of China 284 −4 1 stroke   Paul Purtzer
  Rudy Lavares
  Mario Siodini
[15]
1977 Ben Arda   Philippines 279 −9 2 strokes   Gaylord Burrows [16]
1976 Ben Arda   Philippines 277 −11 6 strokes   Kim Seung-hack [17]
  1. ^ Balasabas won with a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  2. ^ Miñoza won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  3. ^ Cuello won with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "77 for PI Masters". New Nation. Singapore. 11 February 1976. p. 16. Retrieved 22 May 2020 – via National Library Board (Singapore).
  2. ^ "'Mighty Mouse' seeks hattrick". New Nation. Singapore. 9 February 1978. p. 17. Retrieved 22 May 2020 – via National Library Board (Singapore).
  3. ^ a b Besa, Mike (20 May 2017). "Home of the Philippine Masters". Business Mirror. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Balasabas nails breakthru win in Philippines Masters". The Philippine Star. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. ^ "2017 ICTSI- Villamor Philippine Masters: Mondilla Master of 'em all". Philippine Golf Tour. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Philippine Masters gets under way at Villamor Golf Club". spin.ph. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Steady Miñoza in sudden death win". Manila Standard. Manila, Philippines. 16 February 1998. p. 16. Retrieved 21 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  8. ^ a b c "Miñoza top pick in RP Masters". Manila Standard. Manila, Philippines. 12 February 1998. p. 12. Retrieved 21 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  9. ^ "Philippine Masters". Where2golf. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  10. ^ Amigo, Ismael (31 January 1994). "It's Cuello by a playoff". Manila Standard. Manila, Philippines. p. 24. Retrieved 22 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  11. ^ Nazareno, Rocky (31 January 1993). "Miñoza fires 66; overruns rivals". Manila Standard. Manila, Philippines. p. 24. Retrieved 22 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  12. ^ a b "Pfister runaway". Manila Standard. Manila, Philippines. 12 February 1990. p. 29. Retrieved 21 May 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  13. ^ "Lu flops on back nine to lose out". The Straits Times. Singapore. 18 February 1980. p. 17. Retrieved 9 March 2020 – via National Library Board (Singapore).
  14. ^ "Sporting details | Golf | Philippine Masters". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 February 1979. p. 39. Retrieved 4 March 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  15. ^ "Masters title to Chi-san". The Straits Times. Singapore. 14 February 1978. p. Page 29. Retrieved 16 March 2020 – via National Library Board (Singapore).
  16. ^ "Arda wins S$25,000". The Straits Times. Singapore. 14 February 1977. p. 23. Retrieved 16 March 2020 – via National Library Board (Singapore).
  17. ^ "Filipino golfer wins in Manila". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. 16 February 1976. p. 65. Retrieved 3 March 2020 – via Newspapers.com.