RIO DE JANEIRO — Already out of medal contention and struggling with pain in his shoulder, but Miguel Tabuena says pulling out is not an option.
Tabuena enters the final round in 56th place with a 221 total, 16 shots off third-round leader Justin Rose of Great Britain.
“One more day tomorrow,” said the 22-year-old Tabuena.
“I don’t really like it when I play in pain. If I’m in pain, I already pulled the plug right away because it’s too risky.”
“But this is the Olympics, it’s hard to give up talaga.”
The field is down to 59 after a golfer from Chinese Taipei pulled out after scoring consecutive 77s, but Tabuena says he’s pushing on.
The Philippine Open champion said he felt better in the third round, shooting two-over for the round to go eight-over par through 54 holes.
“The shoulder is better but I’m still in pain and it still bothers me. It’s not as bad as before,” said Tabuena.
Last year’s top earner on the Philippine Golf Tour says despite the struggles he is enjoying the Olympic experience, and he is eager to play the last 18 holes.
“The first day, I put too much pressure on myself, as well as the second day. I tried to shoot a low number and if you try too hard in golf, you can go haywire.”
“Today, I enjoyed a bit more and tomorrow, I will enjoy all of it because it was my last round tomorrow. The Olympics comes every four years and I’m happy to be part of it,” said Tabuena.
Tabuena said weather in the third round was perfect, and it showed in the scores as golfers such as Rose and Bubba Watson made a move to stay on pace for a medal.
Rose took the lead with a six-under par third round for a 201 total, with Watson now in a tie for fourth after a four-under par round, six shots off the leader.
“The winds are not as strong as the first two days. The weather conditions are actually perfect for scoring,” said Tabuena.