MIGUEL Tabuena looks to finish his season with a flourish, hoping to finally win an Asian Tour event after securing the money title in the Philippine Golf Tour.
The Philippine Open is the last tournament on the Asian Tour this year and will tee off on Dec. 17 at Luisita in Tarlac, where Tabuena won one of his four titles on the domestic tour.
“We’ve never had an Asian Tour event on that course which we’ve played twice there. I won once there on 22-under and the next one I shot 13-under. If I can play like that I might have a good chance,” Tabuena told asiantour.com.
Tabuena also had a chance in the Philippine Open three years ago at Wack Wack, finishing second to Mardan Mamat, and the young pro, who was then a teen, says he has matured into a better player.
He has also finished runner-up in other Asian Tour events, but that didn’t break his spirit.
“I remember I played well in my second Open where Mardan won. I was in the final group but I’ve changed as a golfer since then. I’ve had a few other chances to win on the Asian Tour. I’m more confident with my shots, physically and mentally, I’m stronger. My experience is also more now and I now know how to handle the pressure better.”
“I know winning a tournament is within reach. I need more good breaks to fall my way. I know I was playing well in Yeangder but someone else played better. My game is in good shape and I will have a chance,” said Tabuena.
“I won’t treat the Open any different. But if you win or do well in the national Open, it’s a big bonus. You don’t want to treat it differently from other events as it may disrupt your preparation,” he added.