Tabuena ready to show strength in title run-in #MaybankChampionship

Sat 20 Feb 2016

Tabuena ready to show strength in title run-in #MaybankChampionship

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Kuala Lumpur, February 20: Filipino rising star Miguel Tabuena remained in title contention at the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia on Saturday but knows he must show strength down the stretch to triumph on the final day.
The 21-year-old reigning Philippine Open champion started superbly with three birdies over his opening six holes at Royal Selangor Golf Club but staggered home with three bogeys against two more birdies for a two-under-par 69 which left him in tied fourth place and five shots behind new leader Soomin Lee of Korea.
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
After struggling with food poisoning over the past few days, a healthier Tabuena drained several long putts at the start of his third round but took his foot off the pedal to fall behind playing partner Lee, who shot to the top of the leaderboard after a fine 64 in the US$3 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
“I got off to a good start, I was two under after two. But I didn’t like how I finished the round. I finished weak and that’s not how you win tournaments. You have to come out clutch and make birdies in the last few holes. Hopefully I will do that tomorrow,” said Tabuena.
“I’m still satisfied with my position. I’m still in position to win and that’s where you want to be. Hopefully I can get off to a good start tomorrow and keep it going.”
The feisty Filipino felt a lot better on the golf course following a bout of food poisoning and believes he will be 100% ready for a final day charge as he chases the winner’s cheque of US$500,000.
“I’m feeling much better. Hopefully I can be 100% tomorrow. But I have 100% confidence,” said Tabuena.
“Winning against the best in Asia (in the Philippine Open) really boosted my confidence. It showed that I can compete against the best and come out on top especially in front of my home crowd which is more difficult than anywhere else. That win and the fourth place finish in the Singapore Open (last month) really boosted my confidence.”
Tabuena reckons playing in the penultimate group out in the final round at 10am will be an advantage.
“It’ll help that I’m not in the last group. It takes some of the pressure off. I just have to come out strong from the start and that’s how you win tournaments. You can’t put the brakes on or else people will just chase you down,” said the Filipino.
He conceded that Lee was in prime position to win the Maybank event as he holds a three-shot lead over Australian Marcus Fraser. “First time I’m playing with him today. He’s a really good player. He’s got all the shots to win a golf tournament and he putted really well. I wish him all the best for tomorrow,” said Tabuena.
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GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line. We assist all our clients to create strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne has staged a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, (2006 – 2015) which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status.
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