SOLID finishes in international play and victory on the domestic tour have given Miguel Tabuena a big boost in confidence, but the young Filipino pro is taking a cautious approach as he sees action in the Panasonic Open Golf Championship starting on Thursday at the Chiba Country Club Umesato Course in Japan.
“My game is good. It is almost dangerous because I’m hitting the ball so well and I can target any pin but it can backfire on you because there are times when you need to play it safe. You can’t be aggressive all the time,” Tabuena told asiantour.com.
“I’ve played well in the big events this year and once you do well in those events, it feels that you can play anywhere. I’m really confident with my game and hopefully it shows up this week,” added Tabuena.
The ¥150,000,000 event offering ¥30,000,000 (around P12.6 million) starts on Thursday.
Tabuena starts with Scott Strange and Hideto Tanihara. Three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que starts with Jason Knutzon and Akio Sadakata. Former Asian Tour No. 1 Juvic Pagunsan was drawn to play with Junaidi Ibrahim and Daisuke Kataoka.
The best-placed Filipino at 13th in the Asian Development Tour’s Manila Southwoods leg, Tabuena is also running second in the Asian Tour Order of Merit, behind Marcus Fraser of Australia by around US$200,000.
Joint second in Malaysia and fourth in the Singapore Open, Tabuena hopes to finally make it to the top although it would be tough in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.