FILIPINO Miguel Tabuena fired a solid two-under-par 69 on Saturday in the rich Maybank Championship Malaysia, keeping the leaders within sight and staying in contention for the winner's check of US$500,000 (around P22.5 million).
The 21-year-old opened with three birdies in his first six holes at Royal Selangor Golf Club and only three late bogeys which he cushioned with two birdies kept him from inching closer to new leader and playing partner Soomin Lee of Korea.
Still, Tabuena stayed within five shots of Lee going to the final round of the $3 million event. He has a 10-under 203 total through three rounds, good for a share of fourth spot with two others.
Lee is at 198 after a day's best 64, three shots ahead of Aussie Marcus Fraser (66). Another Aussie, Nathan Holman, is alone in third after a 73 in the event co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tour.
“I got off to a good start, I was two under after two. But I didn’t like how I finished the round. I finished weak and that’s not how you win tournaments. You have to come out clutch and make birdies in the last few holes. Hopefully I will do that tomorrow,” said Tabuena told the Asian Tour's official website.
“I’m still satisfied with my position. I’m still in position to win and that’s where you want to be. Hopefully I can get off to a good start tomorrow and keep it going.”
The rest of the Filipinos in the field are too far back.
Tony Lascuna is in joint 44th at 211 after a second successive 70 while Angelo Que, who opened with a 65, continued to fade with a 73 and is in a tie for 50th at 212.