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Fierce showdown seen as Taiwan Open begins

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The best of PGA of Taiwan (TPGA) and the top guns of Philippine Golf Tour Asia slug it out in what promises to be a slam-bang start to the Daan Taiwan Open beginning today at the Ching Chuan Kang Golf Club in Taichung.

While the hosts are expected to cash in on their local knowledge of the par-72 layout, the Philippine-based shotmakers are all geared up for four days of battle in shotmaking, iron play and putting not only for top honors but also for bragging rights as the winner of the first PGT Asia event held overseas.

The $100,000 championship is actually the first of two PGT Asia tournaments set in Taiwan with the Nan Pao TPGA Open slated on Sept. 26-29 at Nan Pao Golf Club in Tainan City. It also serves as the second leg of PGTA’s third season with the sponsoring ICTSI and organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. lining up a third tournament abroad and talks to hold future legs in other pars of Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are also ongoing.

Thai Namchok Tantipokhakul, who topped the PGTA’s kickoff leg at Luisita last month, heads the talent-laden PGTA bets who include Jay Bayron, the lone Filipino entry in the elite roster that also drew shotmakers from the US, Sweden, Australia, Colombia, Scotland, Malaysia, Argentina, South Africa and Korea.

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