FORMER Asia Tour Order of Merit winner Rick Gibson of Canada has expressed his interest to participate in the Pilipinas Golf Tour, Inc., a six-part professional golf series to be played in an NBA-inspired bubble.
Gibson, the 58-year-old champion from Calgary, Canada who had a successful record in Asia, will be one of the foreign participants in the unique event tentatively scheduled in October.
“I spoke to former Philippine Open champion Rick Gibson and he said he is looking forward in joining the PGTI tournament,” said former junior golf champion Oliver Gan in an interview with People's Tonight.
“He is in Canada at the moment but is aiming to fly to the Philippines in September for the PGTI bubble if it happens,” added Gan, also the consultant for golf of the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).
Gan said 2009 Philippine Open champion Elmer Salvador and well-known tour campaigners Elmer Saban and Rey Pagunsan have also signified their intention to participate.
“I know there a lot of pros who are excited to join and there also pros who are hesitant due to the current health situation,” he added.
Gibson is best remembered in the local golf community for winning the Casino Filipino- Philippine Open golf championship by four strokes at the Wack Wack Golf Club in Mandaluyong in 2002.
Gibson, who topped the 1991 Asia Golf Circuit Order of Merit, was also back-to-back champion in the Philippine PGA Championships in 1991 and 1992.
A graduate of the Brigham Young University where he was an All-American in 1984, Gibson also won two tournaments in the lucrative Japan GolfTour --the Sapporo Tokyu Open n 1991 and Novell KSB Open in 1995.
Earlier, Gan said the PGTI is planning to restart the men’s and women’s tours in six venues sometime in October.
Based on the plan made by the PGTI, all participants will undergo swab testing and will not be allowed to leave the designated hotels and playing venues once the season starts.
They are also not allowed to bring their own vehicles during the tournament proper. They will be ferried by private buses to and from the golf clubs.
No visitors will also be allowed at the hotels and the playing venues during the tournament proper.
GAB representatives will also be present during the tournamennt to make sure that health and safety protocols being imposed by the IATF-EID (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) will be followed.