From champion to goat

What a difference a year make. From last year’s champion to today’s goat.

I really feel sorry for Filipino golfer Juvic Pagunsan. He had a brilliant birdie and eagle finish last year for a -19 to win the inaugural Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational. Today, he had a disappointing four bogeys and a double bogey in his last nine holes for a +6 final round and winded up almost at the bottom.

Last year, he had admirable rounds of 66, 67, 71 and 65. This week, he had a forgettable 76, 69, 72, 77.

Australian Scott Hend came from behind as the 3rd round leaders faltered in the closing holes. Hend, who missed the cut in the Philippine Open last year, had a final 66 for -16 total to win the Indonesian championship.

Mars Pucay salvaged pride for the Philippines by finishing in tie for third, four strokes behind.

Indeed, what a difference a year make.

The same may be said – from champions to goats – of last year’s so-called “heroes,” Jun Lozada and Joey de Venecia.

Lozada has again snitched on his friends. This time turning his back on the Black & White Movement (see post below).

And Joey … oh my gush … he’s eyeing to run in 2010. He might as well write a book on crying over spilt milk in losing a bidding or how not to tell all in whistle blowing.

5:35 p.m.

Sunday sports

I woke up early this morning just in time for the closing minutes of the Euro 2008 finals. Spain succeeded in preserving its first half lead against Germany to finally win its first major title in 44 years.

Fernando no doubt is now the most popular name in Spain and many newly born boys would be named after the hero – Fernando Torres who scored the lone goal.

Viva España!

Talking of heroes, local sensation Manny Pacquiao scored another knockout – flooring WBC lightweight champion David Diaz and bagging his fourth boxing belt. He’s the only Asian boxer to achieve this feat thereby making him a true boxing great.

In golf, it was another sorry second place finish for rising Filipino ace Juvic Pagunsan at the Singha Thailand PGA Championship. Juvic led in the second round and was tied for the lead going into yesterday’s final round. The miss was a repeat of his struggles in last year’s Volvo Masters and the previous year’s UBS Hong Kong when he had to settle for No. 2.

7:33 a.m.