No turning back for leader Tabuena

Sat 13 Sep 2014

No turning back for leader Tabuena

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Taipei, September 13: Filipino talent Miguel Tabuena grabbed the third round lead with a sensational seven-under-par 65, but has Asian Tour stars Thaworn Wiratchant and Anirban Lahiri hot on his heels at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Tabuena tied for the low round courtesy of two closing birdies to hold a one-shot lead with a 10-under-par 206 total at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Title holder Thaworn, who birdied the last hole, and Lahiri, ranked second on the Order of Merit, posted matching 68s to tie in second place at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand
Home hero Yeh Wei-tze, a one-time Asian Tour winner, opened with five straight birdies before posting a 65 to share fourth place with Prom Meesawat of Thailand (68) and two-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Chopra (69) of Sweden on a 208 total.
Overnight co-leaders Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines and Australia’s Cameron Smith slipped down the leaderboard following a disappointing 72 and 73 respectively.
Filipino rising star Tabuena turned in 35 before shooting three straight birdies from the 10th hole. He added three more birdies to complete a remarkable back nine performance and put himself in prime position to win a first Asian Tour title.
With one top-10 result at the Solaire Open in the Philippines this year, Tabuena has enjoyed a change in fortunes in his golf game after working with a new coach, Joel Altea, at the start of the year.
“I hit good quality shots on the front nine but didn’t make anything. I went into the back and told myself to do what I’ve been doing and the putts started to fall. I believe in myself so hopefully I will win my maiden title this week,” said Tabuena.
“My coach has been a really big help in my game and I think the hard work has paid off. If my game clicks on the last day then I believe that I can play well and contend for the title,” he explained.
Two-time Asian Tour number one Thaworn birdied the last hole to put a third win at the Yeangder TPC within sight. He mixed his card with two bogeys against six birdies which included a 25 feet birdie putt on the 12th hole.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
“It was a mixed round to be honest. I’m happy with where I am now. It is a very tight leaderboard so anything can happen especially on this golf course. I’ve won twice here but I won’t take anything for granted because this course can punish you especially on the greens,” said the 47-year-old Thaworn.
A tired Lahiri struggled in the closing stages after feeling the effects of jetlag. He posted six birdies and one bogey after 13 holes but lost momentum when he bogeyed hole 16.
“I came in on Tuesday afternoon from the Switzerland so I had trouble sleeping. I probably had 15 hours of sleep in four days. I felt the heat on the back nine today and felt a bit low on energy. I’m going to go back, rest up and come stronger tomorrow,” said the India.
Yeh, winner of the 2000 Malaysian Open, hopes to better last year’s tied fifth result at the Yeangder TPC. He was among three players to shoot the low round 65 but might have injured himself in the process.
“I’m definitely hoping to better my result from last year but I will be happy with a top-10 finish because I accidentally stretched my back today. I hope it won’t cause too much a problem tomorrow,” said the 41-year-old.
Scores after round 3 of the Yeangder TPC 2014 being played at the par 72, 7125 Yards Linkou International GcC course (a- denotes amateur):
206 - Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 73-68-65.
207 - Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 70-69-68, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 73-66-68.
208 - YEH Wei-tze (TPE) 72-71-65, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 67-73-68, Daniel CHOPRA (SWE) 71-68-69.
209 - Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 68-69-72.
210 - Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 72-71-67, Ryan YIP (CAN) 71-69-70, Cameron SMITH (AUS) 70-67-73.
211 - Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 78-68-65, Paul PETERSON (USA) 71-71-69.
Teh Wei-tze of Chinese Taipei Teh Wei-tze of Chinese Taipei
212 - Rikard KARLBERG (SWE) 72-72-68, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 70-73-69, LIEN Lu-sen (TPE) 67-71-74.
213 - Jack MUNRO (AUS) 70-74-69, Danny CHIA (MAS) 68-74-71, HSU Hao-sheng (TPE) 68-73-72, Rashid KHAN (IND) 71-70-72.
For more information, please call Serene Loh or Doyle De Costa at the Yeangder TPC media centre on +6012 699 1976.
About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010 & 2013), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (2012).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) till 2015.
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.