Tabuena seeks re­demp­tion at Wack Wack

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Miguel Tabuena tries to make up for his last-hole melt­down at South­woods last Sun­day as he shoots for a sec­ond PGT Asia crown against a crack in­ter­na­tional field in the ICTSI Wack Wack 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 event a win­ner but fum­bled at the fin­ish, triple­bo­gey­ing the par-5 18th of South­woods’ Masters course 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 106-player field, in­clud­ing 43 for­eign aces from 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.

Tabuena, in fact, will be tested right in the first round as he drew for­mer many-time PGT OOM win­ner Tony Las­cuña and PGTA Splen­dido leg cham­pion Rene Menor in the fea­tured 7:20 a.m. flight on No. 1.

MIGUEL Tabuena

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