MIGUEL Tabuena fell just short of making his mark on the Asian Tour, getting edged by veteran Prom Meesawat of Thailand on the second playoff hole on Sunday in the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei.
The 30-year-old Meesawat missed his birdie putt from 13 feet on their return trip to the 18th but calmly tapped in for par. Teenage Filipino pro Tabuena, who had to take a tough second shot from the trees, missed his par putt from seven feet.
Tabuena, winner of multiple titles on the Philippine domestic tour, had a chance to take the win outright but missed his birdie putt on the 18th and settled for par and a round of 71 and a 277 total that led to the playoff.
The 19-year-old Filipino shotmaker got to 12-under with birdie on the par-4 No. 16 at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club although he gave that back away with bogey on the next.
Tabuena actually slipped back early with back-to-back bogeys from No. 3. but steadied himself and was one under for the round at the turn after a birdie on No. 9.
Antonio Lascuna got a taste of the lead with an early birdie binge that got him to 11 under through eight holes but he couldn’t pick up another shot and slipped to 10 under with bogey on No. 15.
Money leader on the Philippine Tour, Lascuna settled for a 69, alone in third at 278.
Angelo Que vaulted from 30th place to joint eighth with a fiery 69 that featured five birdies and two bogeys.
Jay Bayron, who topped the Asian Development Tour in 2012, had a closing 72 for a 286 total and a share of 14th spot, while Elmer Salvador fired a 77 and wound up in joint 51st at 292.