Back 9 with Miguel Tabuena

Thu 23 May 2013

Back 9 with Miguel Tabuena

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May 23: In this latest instalment of our Back 9 series, we speak to 18-year-old, Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines. Tabuena is among a talented young cast of hopefuls vying to etch their names on the Asian Tour roll of honour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season this year.
1)        What is the one tournament that you want to win in Asia and around the world?
I have always wanted to win the prestigious Philippine Open and the Masters Tournament in Augusta.
2)        If there was one rule of golf which you can change, what would it be?
I hope players can get to hit a mulligan (second chance to do a stroke replay without penalty).
3)        How would you describe yourself as a golfer?
I think I am considered a steady golfer. I don’t make too many mistakes and I’m not a very long hitter. My specialties are in my short game and putting.
4)        Which golf course do you really want to play on?
I hope to play at the Augusta National Golf Club one day!
5)        What would you do if there’s no internet or television in your hotel room during the tournament week?
I will do my homework! I am still in high school so I will most probably be doing my homework.
6)        What is your best advice received as a professional golfer?
The best advice that I’ve received was to simply enjoy the game. If you love the sport, never give up. You have to enjoy the process.
7)        When you win a golf tournament, who do you want to see when you sink that winning putt?
I would like to see my parents when I sink that winning putt because they have been there for me since the very beginning.
8)        What is the oldest club in your golf bag?
I’ve just changed to a whole new set of golf clubs last year so they are all pretty new.
9)        If you are not a professional golfer, what would you be?
I think I will become a pilot if I am not a professional golfer because I really love to travel.
About Miguel Tabuena
Country:              Philippines
Date of Birth:     Oct 13, 1994
Residence:          Manila
Family:                 Single
Turned Pro:        2011
PRO WINS: (2) 2012 ICTSI Splendido Classic, Philippines, 2012 Eastridge Classic, Philippines.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Miguel’s best moment in 2012 came on home soil at the ICTSI Philippine Open where he went into the final round, one shot back of Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat. He had a round to forget after closing with an 81 which eventually saw him take a share of 11th place. Also contended in the Queen’s Cup in Thailand and believes those experiences will eventually lead him to a maiden Asian Tour victory. He narrowly missed out on his full playing rights for 2012 when he ended the 2011 season in 62nd place on the Order of Merit, a mere US$250 short of Keith Horne who sealed the last full tour card. Miguel’s highlights for the year came at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters where he finished fourth. The teenager finished in the top-40 of the 2011 Asian Tour Qualifying Final Stage in Thailand as an amateur and subsequently turned professional in February. The highly rated teenager was also a silver medalist winner in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in 2010. He is coached by multiple winner Rick Gibson of Canada and due to his playing schedule, Miguel is home-schooled.