I was pleasantly surprised to know that Filipino golfer Juvic Pagunsan is currently tied at 5th after the first round of the prestigious World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. The event is held in Florida and its the first time in recent years that a Filipino is doing well against golf's best. Well, our jungolfers had their share of exploits while Dorothy Delasin and Jennifer Rosales had won LPGA events but our men cannot seem to find the grove in the Western hemisphere.
Here comes Juvic Pagunsan. He became the first Filipino winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit last year. With the win, he was invited to the WGC event at Doral. So far, he is representing the Philippines and Asia well. He finished 3 under par in the opening round just 3 shots behind Jason Dufner and Adam Scott. He is 3 shots ahead of Tiger Woods and 4 shots ahead of World No.1 Rory McIlroy. I am sure he is happy with his performance.
If Pagunsan continue to perform well, he is in for a big windfall for this is an $8.5M event. He could also get a ton of ranking points as a WGC event only ranks behind Majors when it comes to awarding points. A win or even just a Top 10 finish here would surely put our country in the Golf World Map. Pagunsan is the Filipino golfer right now but he has the potential to be the all-time great if he continue to improve his game and avoid controversies that has hounded him in the past.
Great job, Juvic!