TEEN pro Miguel Tabuena fired a one-under 71 on Saturday to score a one-stroke win over Angelo Que in the Philippine Golf Tour’s Splendido Classic in Tagaytay.
The 19-year-old Tabuena fired three birdies in the first four holes on the back nine, finishing at 13-under 275 for his fifth win in a young pro career.
Tabuena bagged P360,000 and got a big boost in morale heading to next week’s Manila Masters at Eastridge where he is the defending champion.
Que, one behind Tabuena at the start of the final round, moved one-stroke ahead on No. 3 but yielded it with a bogey on the eighth before falling behind by three as Tabuena hit birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 13.
A three-time Asian Tour champion, Que made a late charge with two birdies in the last three holes for a 71 and a 276 total worth P250,000. He remained winless since ruling the Selangor Masters of the Asian Tour in Aug. 2010.
Elmer Salvador, the third man in the championship flight, got to within two after Tabuena fumbled with early bogeys, but wound up just matching Tabuena and Que’s closing 71s for solo third at 280 worth P140,000.
Jay Bayron fired a five-under 67 for fourth place at 281 and P115,000.
Rufino Bayron ended up with a 72, the same output turned in by reigning three-time Order of Merit winner Tony Lascuna as they shared fifth place at 283 and each got P83,500.
Clyde Mondilla, winner at Canlubang last year, stumbled with a 74 and dropped to share of seventh with Japanese Toru Nakajima, who fired a 70, at 286 worth P61,500 each.
Ferdie Aunzo shot a 71 to tie Jhonnel Ababa, who carded a 74, at ninth at 288. Each received P47,500.
For a while, Que appeared set to finally snap a long title drought as he birdied No. 3 and watched Tabuena drop shots on two of the first three holes.
But the early setback only brought out the best from Tabuena, who negated his third bogey on No. 7 with a birdie on the ninth and forced a tie with Que, who slowed down with bogeys on Nos. 6 and 8 against a birdie on No. 9. Bracing for a backside shootout, Tabuena unloaded the first shot -- a birdie on the 10th then surged ahead by two as Que holed out with a bogey on the par-4 hole. Both traded birdies on the 11th and par on the next but Tabuena knocked down another birdie on No. 13th and went three-up with five holes to go.
And just as he planned, Tabuena didn’t force the issue, settling for routine pars the rest of the way.