MIGUEL Tabuena is off to another solid start, while Tony Lascuna overcome some shaky play to also stand within striking distance of the leaders after the first round of the Singapore Open on Wednesday at Sentosa Golf Club.
The 22-year-old Tabuena shot a bogey-free three-under 68 that was matched by Lascuna, who had five birdies but suffered two bogeys.
The two Filipinos stood three strokes off the pace in the tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour.
Hideto Tanihara of Japan and Kyungnam Kang of Korea shared the lead after opening 65s, a stroke ahead of Malaysa’s Gavin Green and Seungsu Han of the US.
Tabuena started on the back nine with Sergio Garcia and while the Philippine Open champion got off to a fine start, the Ryder Cup star’s opening round left a lot to be desired, twice three-putting for bogey.
The young Filipino shotmaker and had a quiet run until his first birdie on No. 17, then made it back-to-back with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 No. 18.
Tabuena birdied his last par-5, Serapong Course’s No. 7.
He looks to play steadier this week after coming up with solid rounds on the first two days of the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii, only to struggle on the weekend play.
Garcia wound up with an even 71 with three birdies and three bogeys. KT Kim of Korea, the third man in the group, had a 73.
Juvic Pagunsan, once a top money earner on the Asian Tour, fired an opening 71.
Lascuna had a missed-green bogey on the par-4 No. 5 and three-putted No. 13 but played steady down the stretch, with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18.