Miguel Tabuena begins year at Sony Open, looks to make mark in European Tour
After earning his card, Miguel Tabuena looks to play in at least 12 European Tour events this year. Jerome Ascano

MIGUEL Tabuena is taking his act from Asia to Europe this year.

The 22-year-old Filipino is looking to play half of his 2017 schedule on the European Tour following a breakout year in the Asian circuit that saw him land in the top five of the Order of Merit.

“I have status in the European Tour, and that would be my focus,” he said prior to leaving for Hawaii to compete in his first tournament for the year, the Sony Open.

Tabuena, who represented the  country in the Rio Olympics last year, earned his European Tour card following a second place finish in last year’s Malaysian Open won by Marcus Fraser of Malaysia.  He earned a total of $262,565 or P12.42 million.

“That was my biggest earning and that’s how I got my card in Europe,” said the Filipino golfer, winner of a silver medal in the men’s individual event of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

After the Sony Open, Tabuena sets his sights on the Singapore Open, a PGA Tour event, and then proceed to Myanmar for another tournament.

From Myanmar, the young golfer said he’ll be resting for a little while before trying his luck again in this year’s edition of the Malaysian Open.

A tournament in Johannesburg in South Africa is also being considered, after which he’ll be coming back home and defend his Philippine Open title in March.

“I’m full of schedule,” said Tabuena of his 2017 calendar.

“I played 20 events in the Asian Tour in 2016, but for 2017 I’ll play 15 the Asian Tour and 12 in Europe, so that’s a total 27,” he added.

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