Day, McIlroy to visit Philippines for a charity match

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 27, 2016 05:14 PM
Day, McIlroy to visit Philippines for a charity match
Rory McIlroy and Filipino-Australian Jason Day visit the Philippines for a charity golf match.

The world’s biggest golf stars go head-to-head on November 29 at the brand new Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga when Filipino-Australian Jason Day and five-time major champion Rory McIlroy battle it out in a charity game.

World No. 1 Day and McIlroy will play in an 18-hole, stroke play competition -- the first golf event of this stature to be held in the country. The event will actually run from Nov. 28 to 30 with the two spearheading a couple of programs in the three-day event to raise funds for the benefit of a Philippine-based charity.

“We're very excited to have Jason and Rory here in the Philippines for the first time,” said Valerie Floro of the organizing Dolphin Fire Group Inc. Tuesday during the press launch of the event at Shangri-la Hotel in The Fort.

To kickstart the proceedings of this 3-day event, a gala dinner and charity auction will be held to auction off prized memorabilia of Day and McIlroy. Proceeds of this entire event will be donated to local charity Alagang Kapatid. This event also represents a chance for half-Filipino Day (his mother, Dening, hails from Leyte) to reconnect with his roots.

Day ascended the pinnacle of golf’s world rankings after winning his first major, the 2015 PGA Championship in record fashion beating then world number 1 Jordan Spieth. Day capped off a superb season by winning The Barclays and BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup playoffs to take the top spot from Spieth.

“I’m excited,” said Day in a statement. “Excited for my first visit to the Philippines and excited that I’ll be able to do some good for a charity.”

McIlroy of Hollywood, Northern Ireland made waves on the European Tour as the youngest to ever earn a tour card. Rory has never been far from success thanks to his ability to move the golf ball.

He currently ranks first on the PGA Tour for strokes gained off the tee, tenth in driving distance with a 306.2 yards, is second on Tour in birdie average and second in strokes gained from tee to green. McIlroy achieved the top spot in the world rankings in 2012 and held on until 2014. He is currently ranked third.

His long game has powered him to 12 European Tour wins and 11 wins on the PGA Tour, including four majors; the 2011 US Open and the 2012 PGA Championship, at both his winning margin was 8-strokes, the 2014 Open Championship and the PGA Championship again also in 2014. McIlroy lacks only the Masters to complete the career grand slam to ensure his immortality in the game.

Like Day, McIlroy is looking forward to visiting the Philippines.

“Yes, I’m really excited to be coming to the Philippines,” said McIlroy. “It’s a chance to see a country I’ve never visited and compete against Jason, a great friend and the top ranked golfer in the world.”

“It’s also great to be able to help out some local charities while we’re here in the Philippines. I was really lucky to have had such strong family support as a kid, so I see myself as very fortunate to be able to give something back to disadvantaged young people and their communities,” he added.

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