#TeamPHI ready to surprise #WorldCupofGolf

Wed 23 Nov 2016

#TeamPHI ready to surprise #WorldCupofGolf

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Melbourne, Australia, November 23: Angelo Que and Miguel Tabuena intend to pull the rug from under the fancied teams when the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf gets underway on Thursday.
The Asian Tour stars are happy to fly under the radar at Kingston Heath Golf Club, opting instead to work at their own games and at their own pace despite the US$8 million tournament being a prestigious team event.
Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner, said: “It’s another tournament and what you want to do is to be comfortable. I’m happy for him (Tabuena) to do his own thing and I do my own thing, we don’t have to change anything. We are both playing well. Why change when it’s not broken?” said Que.
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
Tabuena, 21, earned his debut at the World Cup of Golf and picked Que as partner as his experience would come in handy. Que, featuring in his fourth World Cup of Golf, finished tied 10th in the 2008 edition.
“It’s nice to represent the Philippines, it’s nice to have someone to lean on in this team event. It’s exciting that we get to play for our country in a big event. We’re trying to just play our own game,” said Tabuena, who is currently ranked sixth on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
Que is keen to make the most of his week in Melbourne as he is skipping an event in Japan where he is fighting to save his tour card. It’s a risk to miss in Japan this week but you never know what was going to happen. I made my decision to come here and
miss Japan. I’ve had so many tournaments to do it (keep card) and if I don’t do it, it’s nobody’s fault but mine. It is a bit of a risk but you’ve got to take your chances,” said the 37-year-old.

Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
“We’re really excited to be here, it’s a format where you can go all out in the better ball. One can play their own game and the other one can attack. With our games, we can easily switch it around. We’re very flexible. Anybody playing here this week has a chance of winning. You need good breaks and hole some putts, you’ll never know.” - Angelo Que

The Philippines enjoyed its best finish in the World Cup of Golf in 1977 and Que and Tabuena, the reigning national Open champion, is keen to emulate the success.
“Filipinos have been out there competing since the 1950s, I think we’ve just been dormant. It’s about time we shine and show the world that we’re here and we’re good enough to beat anyone,” said Que.
Tabuena added: “We’re here as we deserved to be here. We don’t think ourselves as underdogs. We have world class talent back home, we have a good local tour which helps us. It’s not just Angelo and I looking forward to the next World Cup. I’m glad Angelo skipped the event in Japan and it’s a sacrifice that he’s here.”
While they have been keeping a low profile, Que has promised to create a few eyebrows at Kingston Heath by living up to his nickname as “Human Highlighter” due to his liking for bright clothes.
Tabuena said: “You can expect the Human Highlighter to show up but with me, I will try to match him a little but I don’t think I can be that bold!”
The 2016 World Cup will be the 58th staging of this event. For ticket information and to follow all of the news, player features and more as the event approaches, the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf web-site is http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/isps-handa-world-cup-of-golf.html.
About ISPS HANDA
ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.
Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.
About Melbourne, Victoria
Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.
Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com
About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956.  IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors.  Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman.  Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.