Tabuena More Determine Then Ever After Setback
Miguel Tabuena’s recent setback at the Queen’s Cup in Thailand on Sunday has only fuelled his ambitions of winning on the Asian Tour.
The 17-year-old eventually finished the Asian Tour event in tied 10th place after a final round five-over-par 76 for a one-over-par 285 total but believes the experience will only make him an even better player.
“The winds were strong but that’s golf. I was five over after six holes and told myself to hang in there. I played pretty well after that.
“My tee shots were not good. I wasn’t committed and I just didn’t see my ball landing on the fairway. I didn’t visualize that. You learn from it and hopefully you know what to do the next time,” said Tabuena.
He missed out on an Asian Tour card last year by finishing US$250 behind the 61st ranked player and was in contention at the ICTSI Philippine Open in February before wobbling with a closing 81.
“I played really well the whole week. It’s just a different ball game going into the last day. I haven’t reached that yet. I have many more years and many more golf tournaments,” said Tabuena, a two-time winner on the local circuit.
“I was trying too hard from the beginning. I was trying to win the tournament on the first hole. You have to take it one shot at a time. I said that on twitter but I didn’t do that today. I got ahead of myself and that’s what I got.”
Varut Chomchalam of Thailand emerged as the surprise package of the tournament when he charged into a share of the third round lead before finishing in tied sixth place, his first top-10 in 36 Asian Tour events.
“I feel proud of myself. This is my first top-10 on the Asian Tour. I think I know what I did and what I need to do. It is exciting to be in the top-10. My goal now is to keep getting into the top-10. I feel more confident now with my game,” said the 23-year-old.
He admitted he felt nervous playing in the last group but overcame his nerves after receiving advice from countryman and eventual winner of the Queen’s Cup Thaworn Wiratchant.
“It was good playing with Thaworn. He was telling me to keep my mind relaxed and keep my game smooth, and not up and down, up and down. During the round, he kept telling me to relax. I was shaking in the last three holes,” said Varut.
“I think I can get better now. I need to practise more, and get my body better and stronger. Everything in my golf needs to improve further. I need to give more time to practice,” he added.
Thaworn claimed a record-equalling 13th Asian Tour title at the Queen’s Cup and was pushed to fourth place on the Order of Merit where Jbe Kruger of South Africa still leads on US$437,519.
Marcus Fraser of Australia lies in second place on US$271,622 followed by newcomer David Lipsky of the United States, winner of the HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic, in third place on US$202,696.
Meanwhile, Prom Meesawat of Thailand, who missed the halfway cut at the Queen’s Cup, sits in fifth place with earnings of US$171,058. Siddikur of Bangladesh, who finished tied second on Sunday, is in sixth place with his haul of US$143,580.
The next Asian Tour event will be the inaugural US$300,000 Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series in Korea which starts on Thursday from June 21 to 24.
ASIAN TOUR ORDER OF MERIT – TOP-20
1 Jbe KRUGER (RSA) $437,519
2 Marcus FRASER (AUS) $271,622
3 David LIPSKY (USA) $202,696
4 Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) $191,113
5 Prom MEESAWAT (THA) $171,058
6 SIDDIKUR (BAN) $143,580
7 Scott HEND (AUS) $137,109
8 Anirban LAHIRI (IND) $136,179
9 Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) $117,102
10 Felipe AGUILAR (CHI) $96,287
11 Ben FOX (USA) $95,760
12 Mardan MAMAT (SIN) $90,716
13 Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) $88,107
14 Jeev Milkha SINGH (IND) $82,153
15 Berry HENSON (USA) $77,181
16 Scott BARR (AUS) $76,295
17 MO Joong-kyung (KOR) $72,362
18 Kieran PRATT (AUS) $71,504
19 Shiv KAPUR (IND) $69,655
20 Chapchai NIRAT (THA) $68,752