MIGUEL Tabuena showed nerves of steel after a faltering start, coming up with a birdie-birdie finish to close with another 69 on Sunday for a strong third place in the Asian Tour’s Myanmar Open.
The Philippine Open champion was even through 13 then pulled off the strong windup at Pun Hlaing Golf Club to bag US$38,500 (around P1.9 million).
It was the third straight round of 69 for Tabuena, giving him a 10-under 274 total, just four strokes off Australia’s Todd Sinnott, who had a closing 65 to bag US$135,000 (around P6.7 million).
The 22-year-old Tabuena slipped early with a double-bogey on the par-3 No. 3 before hitting birdie on the next hole.
The Filipino shotmaker had three birdies and two bogeys in a seven hole stretch before steadying himself for the solid finish.
Carlos Pigem of Spain took second spot at 273 after a closing 68, while joining Tabuena in third were Koreans Sungjae IM and KT Kim, who had final rounds of 65 and 71, respectively.
Juvic Pagunsan fired a final-round 69 for a 283 and a share of 43rd, bagging US$3,905.
Angelo Que closed with a 75 and wound up in joint 63rd at 288 worth US$2,100.