Filipino golfer Juvic Pagunsan wins Japan Tour championship after 10 years

Juvic Pagunsan Japan Tour championship
The Asian Tour Champion secured his victory playing with just 11 clubs. Photo from Japan Golf Tour.

Filipino golfer Juvic Pagunsan has finally won a Japan Professional Golf Tour championship after playing for 10 years in the league, securing the Mizuno Open playing with just 11 clubs.

“Juvic Pagunsan from Philippines has finally done it, after a decade on Japan Tour. He was all smiles even before he made his winning putt, as he had comfortable 3 shot lead,” reported the Japan Golf Tour at the JFE Setonaikai Golf Club in Okayama Prefecture on May 30, 2021.

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“It has been 10 years, 10 years. It took me 10 years to win. Now I am relieved,” said the 43-year-old pro golfer who was teary-eyed as he accepted his trophy.

The winner of the Mizuno Open pockets PHP 5.2 million and is eligible to play in the British Open at Royal St. George’s this coming July, his first ticket after 8 years. Pagunsan welcomed the chance to play in the prestigious UK tour but said his participation depends on whether he can overcome the barriers to travel.

“I get to go to UK. I can go again. Could I get my visa? How is the quarantine measures?”

The Asian Tour Champion played with only 11 clubs to lighten his load as he had to carry his own bag for all 3 rounds following health and safety protocols that restricted caddies to the golf cart.

“I am getting older and last 2 times with 14 clubs were really heavy. I don’t like to use the electric carts, since you have to go all the way around the greens,” explained Pagunsan.

In 2020, Asian Games champion Yuka Saso became the first Filipina golfer to win the Japan LPGA Tour.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Filipino golfer Juvic Pagunsan for finally winning the Japan Tour championship after 10 years of playing in the league!

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