Sick Tabuena stays in title hunt #MaybankChampionship

Fri 19 Feb 2016

Sick Tabuena stays in title hunt #MaybankChampionship

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Kuala Lumpur, February 19: Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines continued to defy the odds after shooting a three-under-par 68 to share the second round clubhouse lead at the Maybank Championship Malaysia on Friday.
The 21-year-old struggled with food poisoning since Tuesday but he overcame his condition by totalling eight-under-par 134 at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.
Tabuena tied for the clubhouse lead alongside world number 13 Danny Willett (69) of England, Jorge Campillo (69) of Spain and an in-form Soomin Lee (68) of Korea, who posted two tied seventh place finishes in his last two Asian Tour events.
Danny Willet of England Danny Willet of England
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Marcus Fraser of Australia returned with matching 69s to trail by one-shot in the US$3 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Despite feeling ill, the talented Tabuena rose from his sick bed to charge into contention for a second Asian Tour title after earning his breakthrough win in the Philippine Open last December.
“It works for the better sometimes as you don’t think about the golf. Sometimes when you play golf, in the pre-consciousness, you tend to do great things. I’m happy with my performance so far, so I hope to keep it up.
“I’m really happy with my form so far considering I’m not 100%. Just told myself to shoot anything under par and get back to the hotel as fast as you can and try to get ready for tomorrow. I’m happy I managed to get a few under par,” said Tabuena.
“I’m happy with my form and hopefully I keep it up. I normally will hit a few putts right after my round but I’ve got to take care of my body. I’ve got to go back to the hotel and take some rest,” he added.
Willett, the highest ranked player in the elite field, struggled with the humidity on his homeward nine but stayed within striking distance of winning his second title in three weeks.
“Yeah I’m struggling a bit with my body. My energy levels collapsed on the back nine, and I started making a few silly mistakes. But the flags were also quite tricky today and the wind’s picking up a bit, so I can’t see the scoring being too ridiculous. And I would’ve taken eight under after two rounds,” said the Englishman.
Ends.