MIGUEL Tabuena had two birdies and two bogeys for an even par 72 in the first round of The Open Championship International Final Qualifying for Asia on Thursday at the Amata Spring Golf and Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand.
The 18-year-old shotmaker wound up in joint 36th place, six strokes off joint leaders Siddikur Rahman, an Asian Tour player from Bangladesh, and Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama, who carded 66.
Scott Barr of Australia, Singapore’s Quincy Quek and Lam Zhiqun, and China’s Mu Hu were tied for third at 67.
Tabuena made birdie on No. 11, his second hole, before dropping a shot on the par-5 No. 4. He then birdied No. 8 before quickly giving it right back on the next hole.
Four spots to The Open are at stake in the Asian qualifying event.
The Open, the year’s third major golf tournament, is set July 18 to 21 at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland.