Tabuena seeks re­demp­tion as PGTA WW un­wraps

Manila Times - - SPORTS -

MIGUEL TABUENA tries to make up for his last­hole melt­down at South­woods last Sun­day as he shoots for a sec­ond PGT Asia crown against a Cham­pi­onship reel­ing off today at WW East course in Man­daluy­ong.

Tabuena edged An­gelo Que by one to rule the kick­off leg of the in­au­gu­ral stag­ing of the re­gion’s new­est cir­cuit, also at South­woods last Au­gust, be­fore the Rio Olympian shifted his cam­paign abroad in search of world rank­ing points.

He could’ve headed for this week’s $100,000 putting the par-5 18th of South­woods’ Masters course for bo­gey and miss­ing even the play­off which young Korean-Amer­i­can Micah Shin won over Thai Arnond Vong­vanij.

But the 23-year-old for­mer Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit win­ner shrugged off the set­back, say­ing it was a “learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence” and in­stead set his sights on the next PGTA crown to be dis­puted over a tight, de­mand­ing course that re­quires ac­cu­racy more than length.

Em­pha­sis will in­deed be on pre­ci­sion with the 16 coun­tries, brac­ing for four days of bat­tle of wits and nerves at one of the coun­try’s tough­est cour­ses and home to the Philippine Open.

as he drew for­mer many-time PGT OOM win­ner Tony Las­cuña and PGTA Splen­dido leg cham­pion

They will be fol­lowed by an­other ex­plo­sive group com­posed of newly- crown OOM win­ner Clyde Mondilla, Michael Bi­bat and Thai Pasavee Lertvi­lai, whom Menor nipped in the play­off in Ta­gay­tay last Septem­ber.

Mondilla, win­ner of four legs in the PGT, is ac­tu­ally gun­ning for a sec­ond straight PGTA ti­tle af­ter nip­ping Bi­bat and Korean am­a­teur Tom Kim at Riviera, also last Septem­ber, be­fore the cir­cuit, put up by ICTSI and or­ga­nized by Pilip­inas Golf Tournaments, Inc. took a two-month break.

Justin Quiban, who also turned in an im last Sun­day, is also fan­cied to con­tend this week along with fel­low young guns Jo­bim Car­los, Ira Alido and Keanu Jahns.

Wisut Art­janawat, an­other Thai en­try who placed sev­enth in the kick­off leg at South­woods, and Dutch­man Guido Van der Valk, who wound up sixth at Riviera, are also in the ros­ter, along with James Bowen, Paul Har­ris and Lexus Keon­inh of the US, Deng­shan Koh and Choo Tze Huang of Sin­ga­pore, and Aussies David Glee­son, Andrew Camp­bell and Rick Cole­man.

and Ferdie Aunzo at 7:45 a.m. on No. 10 while Van der Valk, who has had a num­ber of cracks at the PGT crown only to wa­ver in the clutch, hopes to put it all to­gether this time as he opens his bid against

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Miguel Tabuena

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