Flawless Tani surges ahead #RWMMasters

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Flawless Tani surges ahead #RWMMasters

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Manila, November 20: Japan’s Akinori Tani overcame the blustery conditions in the morning by firing a second round five-under-par 67 to grab the clubhouse lead at the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters on Friday.
201115_RWMM_Akinori Tani (JPN) 22Tani, who recorded a top-10 finish last year, returned with a bogey-free card highlighted by five birdies for a two-day total of eight-under-par 136 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
Local hotshot Miguel Tabuena lifted the home spirit as he trails Tani by two shots following a roller-coaster round of 68, which consists of two eagles, five birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey.
India’s Rahil Gangjee closed with an eagle on 18th for a 66 to match the efforts of Tabuena alongside Japanese Masahiro Kawamura and Jeunghun Wang of Korea on 138 in what is the richest event in the Philippines.
Spaniard Carlos Pigem, who did not have a practice round before his campaign, battled to a 71 to stay three shots off the pace while Thailand’s Prom Meesawat lie a further shot back on 140 after signing for a 68.
Tani, who won the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2013, took advantage of his booming drives and accuracy for a commendable round.
“I kept the ball in play, just like how I did yesterday. I’m hitting the ball good. It was really windy out there so it’s important that you control the ball spin well. I might not have the distance but I think I am quite good with this type of golf where you hit from point to point,” said Tani, who enjoyed a top-10 finish in the last edition.
“I just try to make birdie on every hole. That was my aim. I just focused on every shot I make. My aim was to shoot five-under every day and I managed to do it today. I like this golf course and I always feel confident coming to play here,” added the 41-year-old Japanese.
201115_RWMM_Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 06Despite having to endure a mix round, Tabuena took solace from shooting two eagles in 18 holes for the first time in his career.
“I’ve not had two eagles in one round. A bit of a rollercoaster for me today which is not usually how I play. I hit a good drive on one and was left with 87 yards to the pin. Prom Meesawat was already on the green and said that my shot pitched before the flag before spinning back into the cup. I didn’t see it go in.
“I had a doubled the first hole on 10, hit it into the water. A bit back of it was that I knew that I could shoot low rounds here which I’ve done so in practice rounds. I knew that if I can control my game, I will give myself a chance despite the windy conditions,” Tabuena said.
Tabuena has enjoyed a solid season on his domestic circuit where he won the Order of Merit following four victories and several runner-up finishes on home soil.
“I’ve been average here in the past two events. I’m pleased, know that I’m playing well. I’m driving the ball well here which is what you need. I know I have a good chance. I’m a different golfer now, mentally and physically. The season’s been pretty good. I have a new trainer and I’m working hard with my coach Joel Altaya,” added Tabuena.
Ends.