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Golf: Salvador savours second success in Cebu


July 27, 2013: Filipino Elmer Salvador won the US$65,000 Aboitiz Invitational to become the first player to successfully defend a title on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).


The 43-year-old took advantage of a hot start when he carded four birdies on the front nine to turn in 32 before adding two more birdies against three dropped shots to finish with a three-under-par 69 at the Cebu Country Club.


Salvador totalled 12-under-par 276 to edge out fellow compatriot and overnight leader Angelo Que by one shot while another Filipino Carl Santos-Ocampo finished four shots back on 280 to finish third.


England’s Ian Keenan recorded a 71 to take a share of fourth place with Korea’s Park Il-hwan and Guido Van Der Valk of the Netherlands on six-under.


American Brian Locke (69), the first-round leader, tied for seventh on 283 with Filipino duo Charles Hong (71) and Miguel Tabuena (70).


Salvador revelled in delight upon clinching his second ADT victory, but claimed that the win did not come easily as he had to battle with a fever.


“I’m very happy to be able to defend my title, but t has not been easy. I was running a fever yesterday but luckily I felt better today,” Salvador said.


“I will go back to Manila to celebrate the win with my family and start preparing for my next event on the local tour soon. I also hope to play more on the Asian Tour and the ADT in the second half of the season.”


Salvador, who earned US$11,375 for his victory, will receive six Official World Ranking points courtesy of his triumph.


Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, remained optimistic that his turn will come soon on the ADT.


“The three bogeys on the front nine were really disappointing but I managed to recover with three birdies after the turn,” Que said.


“Overall, I think it has been a great week. I’m happy with how I’ve played despite finishing second. I’m sure there’s always a next time if I continue to play well. I’m looking forward to the next half of the season.


Created along the lines of the European Challenge Tour and Tour in the United States, the ADT rewards the top three players on the final Order of Merit with Asian Tour cards for the following year.


Aboitiz Invitational, Cebu Country Club, Philippines

Leading final round scores:

276 – Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 67-68-72-69

277 – Angelo Que (PHI) 70-69-67-71

280 – Carl SANTOS-OCAMPO (PHI) 71-68-72-69

282 – Ian KEENAN (ENG) 70-67-74-71, PARK Il-hwan (KOR) 70-68-72-72, Guido VAN DER VALK (NED) 69-72-69-72

283 – Brian LOCKE (USA) 66-73-75-69, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 72-71-70-70, Charles HONG (PHI) 73-69-70-71

284 – Johvanie ABANO (PHI) 72-73-71-68, Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 72-75-68-69, Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 69-74-71-70, Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 71-69-73-71, Michael MOORE (AUS) 72-71-70-71, Anthony FERNANDO (PHI) 68-70-73-73, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 72-69-70-73

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