December 18, 2014

Paul Sang and Bing Lapus dished out top forms and bested a huge field to clinch the overall low gross and low net crowns, respectively, in the Manila Southwoods’ Chairman’s Charity Cup at Southwoods’ Legends and Masters courses in Carmona, Cavite recently.

Sang, a 2-handicapper, carded a one-over par 73 to pocket the overall low gross title while Lapus, a 17-handicapper, put in an impressive four-over 76 and ran away with the overall net plum at 59 in the 18-hole tournament held in honor of the club’s chairman Bob Sobrepeña and backed by title sponsor Whealth Inc. (Mega Fiber).

Theody Pascual shot a gross 74 for a net 69 worth 39 points under the Modified Stableford scoring system as he nipped Danny Samaniego, who had 38 points from a gross 81, for the Division I crown while Ryan Abdon turned in a gross 79 worth 37 points and finished third in the event backed by Mitsubishi Motors Phils. Corp./Diamond Motors Corp., Royal Caribbean/Baron Travel, Mit Air Sales Center, Netforce International, Inc., Agrexplore Corp., Turf Company and Warbird Security and Investigation Agency as Platinum presentors.

Rusty Bayani took the Division 2 crown with 43 points from a gross 79 while Christian Calso and Harry Gonzalez fired 40 and 36 points from grosses of 87 and 102 to annex the Division 3 and 4 titles, respectively, in the event supported by San Miguel Purefoods, Rudy Project, Resorts World Manila and Sweet Spot Sports and Golf Equipment, Inc. as Gold sponsors and Edward Marcs Phils., Inc. as the lone Silver sponsor.

Mentz Deguito and Bernie Bernardo shared the seniors division honors with the former scoring 44 points from a gross 76 to rule Division I and the latter copping the Division II crown with 43 points from a gross 90.

December 18, 2014

Rory McIlroy has added to his trophy collection for 2014 by picking up the European Tour Golfer of the Year award.

The world number one from Northern Ireland, 25, won the BMW PGA Championship before back-to-back majors success at the Open and US PGA.

McIlroy also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as he topped the Race to Dubai standings and helped Europe to a Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles.

"Hopefully I can have more years like this and win the award again," he said.

McIlroy, who also won the award in 2012, added: "To be named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for a second time is a huge honour and one I am extremely proud of.

Rory McIlroy celebrated his first Open victory at Hoylake in July

Rory McIlroy celebrated his first Open Championship victory at Hoylake in July

"If I had won any one of those four titles it would have been a good year, but to win all four, to win The Race to Dubai, and to be part of another fantastic European victory in the Ryder Cup, means it is a great one.

"This award is a very nice way to round off the year. The European Tour has always been good to me, so it is always special to be recognised in this way."

McIlroy led the way in earnings on the US PGA Tour, becoming the first player to top the money lists on both side of the Atlantic in the same season on two occasions.

Having been named Golfer of the Month in May, July and August, he was unanimously voted the top player for 2014 and he becomes the youngest multiple winner of the coveted award.

McIlroy won the Race to Dubai crown by a dominant 2,168,410 points from Henrik Stenson, the 2013 Golfer of the Year.

Nine-times major winner Gary Player praised the achievements of McIlroy, who was runner-up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday

The South Africa tweeted: "Congratulations on your phenomenal year and our player and personality of 2014. Now for the Grand Slam."

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