MIGUEL Tabuena fired a bogey-free 65 to rule the Aboitiz Invitational at the Manila Southwoods on Sunday, becoming the first winner of the PGT Asia Tour.
The Rio Olympian finished at 23-under 265 to bag the US$17,500 prize (around P900,000).
Angelo Que hit four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine but suffered with a double-bogey on par-3 No. 16 and wound up with a 67 for second spot at 266 worth $11,500.
“It’s a great win. My putting was so good today,” said Tabuena, who sealed the win with a clutch uphill birdie putt from 10 feet at the par-5 17th.
“But as I’ve said, it was not going to be easy, especially with Angelo around.”
The victory was Tabuena’s 13th on the local pro circuits, including the weather-shortened Philippine Open in late 2015 and the TCC Invitational and the Luisita Championship this year.
Indonesia’s Ian Andrew took third place with a 271 and received $7,000 in the event sponsored by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.
PGT Asia, put up by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. next goes to Luisita for the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Open from Sept. 6 to 9.
Michael Bibat shot the day’s best 64, hitting five straight birdies from No. 13, and finished in fourth place at 272.
Charles Hong shot a 67 to share fifth spot at 283 with Elmer Salvador, who fired a 68.
Korean-American Micah Shin and Thai Wisut Artjanawat finished tied for seventh at 274 after a 67 and 71, respectively, in the tournament backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.