After best season as a pro, Miguel Tabuena sets sights on European Tour
Outside the Top 20 last season, Miguel Tabuena is within striking distance of the Asian Tour leaders this time. Jerome Ascano

OOZING confidence after stints in a handful of huge tournaments around the globe including the US Open and a World Golf Championship event, Miguel Tabuena trains his sights on Europe next season.

He considers this year his best in five seasons as a pro, giving a good account of himself in bigger tournaments, even though it was already a year since he bagged his first and only Asian Tour title.

“My best year as a professional by far,” Tabuena said.

The 22-year-old has earned status for next year in the European Tour and is looking to make the most of the chance to make an impression in one of the world's biggest tours.

“That’s where we’ll focus on,” said Tabuena, adding that while this year was huge, he is positive he can top it next season with participation in bigger events in Europe.

“I’m very confident about where my game is now.”

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Main focus at the start of the season was to improve on his place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and is on track to finish with a flourish, currently in sixth spot after winding up in 23rd last year.

Regarding clinching titles, it’s something he intends to do something about before the year ends.

“I still plan to win one this season,” he told

He has several chances.

The Resorts World Manila Masters is up next for Tabuena, looking to make up for finishing joint 18th last year.

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He still has on schedule the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, with Angelo Que, later this month.


After a week’s rest the Filipino shotmaker gears up again for the European Tour co-sanctioned Hong Kong Open.

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