Tabuena makes new friends with Johnson #HSBCChampions

Sat 29 Oct 2016

Tabuena makes new friends with Johnson #HSBCChampions


Shanghai, October 29: Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena enjoyed the company of American Dustin Johnson while returning with a third round even-par 72 at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Saturday.

Tabuena, who is making his debut at the US$9.5 million Chinese showpiece after confirming his place as one of the leading players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, was delighted to make a new friend with the world number two.

Ranked sixth on the money list, the 22-year-old was also pleased to tee up alongside some of the biggest names in the world of golf including his playing partner, Johnson at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

“It’s not every day where you get to play with the world number two. I had so much fun. We talked about his upcoming visit to the Philippines and I told him that if he needs anything in Manila, just let me know.

“Last week I played with Ernie Els and this week, it’s Dustin. I’ve made two new friends,” said Tabuena.

While the young Filipino may not command as much fan attention as Johnson in Shanghai, he has surprisingly gained an upper hand in the driving statistics over his more illustrious rival, who is well known for his big-hitting drives this week.

Tabuena’s average driving distance is 313 while Johnson has recorded an average of 302.2.

“I’m closing the gap (with the top players) and I feel like I’m slowly getting there and it’s a matter of time before I do so. I just got to believe in myself and continue to work hard,” said Tabuena.

After rounds of 72, 76 and 72, Tabuena is languishing in the wrong end of the leaderboard with his three-day total of four-over-par 220 in tied-55th position.

However, he prefers to look ahead to his final round at the WGC-HSBC Champions and end the week on a positive note.

“I had two bad holes so far, a triple bogey yesterday and double bogey today. But that’s golf and you got to accept whatever comes your way and get grinding. Hopefully I can play well tomorrow and cap a memorable week,” said Tabuena.

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About HSBC Golf Sponsorships

HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.

HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC's key markets. In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. The $9.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, that Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.” HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.

However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage. In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots - The Golf Foundation's national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.

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About the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions

In 2017, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will be the first of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours on the PGA TOUR schedule. The other World Golf Championships include the Mexico Championship (Mexico City), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the Dell Match Play (Austin, Texas).

About the Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.


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