Tabuena seeks redemption as PGTA WW unwraps
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