MIGUEL Tabuena’s maiden victory in the Asian Tour, which came in last week’s 98th Philippine Open, opened new doors for the 21-year-old Filipino golfer.
Tabuena said the victory doesn’t mean he can now rest on his laurels.
“I have to work harder,” said Tabuena, who graced Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate, accompanied by his father, Luigi, also the Philippine Golf Tour manager.
Tabuena listed down the events he wants to join next year, kicking off with the Singapore Open on January 28, then the US$3 million Malaysian Open in February.
“I will join more tournaments next year. Now, I know I can do it,” said Tabuena in the sports forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Shakey’s, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
Tabuena can’t wait to go back to the course, especially in the coming Singapore Open which will be headlined by current world No. 1 Jordan Spieth of the United States.
From Malaysia, Tabuena will vie in a Philippine Golf Tour leg in Anvaya, then the Thai Golf Classic and another one in India.
On top of it all, Tabuena, who booked his biggest career win at Luisita in Tarlac, is looking at the great opportunity of vying in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Tabuena moved up to No. 48 in the International Golf Federation Olympic rankings, and can book a ticket to Rio if he holds on to a Top 60 spot until July, or a month before the Summer Games.
As a golfer, making it to the Olympics will be a dream come true.
“It would mean the world to me,” he said.
“I never thought I can have the opportunity to represent the country in the Olympics. It’s a chance to compete against the best in the world,” said Tabuena.