Juvic Pagunsan seizes first Japan Golf Tour title

Beatrice Go

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Juvic Pagunsan seizes first Japan Golf Tour title

CHAMPION. Juvic Pagunsan celebrates with his tropy after also booking a slot in this year’s British Open.


The former Asian golf tour top earner emerges as the 2021 Mizuno Open titlist to bag the P5.2-million prize

Juvic Pagunsan ruled the 2021 Mizuno Open to capture his first Japan Golf Tour title on Sunday, May 30 at the Setonaikai Golf Club in Okayama, Japan.

The former Asian golf tour top earner closed out his title-winning campaign with a 68 to finish 17-under 199. 

The tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to inclement weather earlier in the week. 

The 43-year-old Filipino rallied back from bogeys in holes No. 1 and 3 in the third round with birdies in Nos. 6, 8, 9, 11, 15, and 16. 

Pagunsan, who has been campaigning in the Japan PGA Tour for over a decade, bagged the ¥12,000,000 (P5.2 million) top prize. 

The victory also secured Pagunsan a ticket to the 2021 British Open at Royal St. George’s Golf Course in Kent, England from July 15 to 18. 

Japanese Ryutaro Nagaro, who settled for a runner-up finish, trailed by three strokes despite hitting a 65 in the final round for a 14-under 202. 

Pagunsan’s title comes after a second-place finish behind Rikuya Hoshino in the Asia Pacific Diamond Cup in Kagayama, Japan last May 16. – 

¥1 = P 0.43

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.