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    Enduring pain on shoulder, Miguel Tabuena tumbles down Olympic leaderboard after a 75

    Aug 12, 2016
    Miguel Tabuena tees off during the second round of the Olympic golf event. Jerome Ascano

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Filipino Miguel Tabuena soared to a four-over par 75 on Friday while enduring pain on his right shoulder and tumbled out of contention for a medal in the Olympic golf competition.

    Tabuena, 22, bogeyed the opening par-5 hole and struggled to right the ship the rest the way in pouring rain in the second round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Golf Course.

    A double bogey at No. 7 and two more bogeys coming in rounded out a four-over card that, combined with an opening 73, left him in a share of 54th place with a six-over 148 total through 36 holes.

    At posting time, leader Marcus Fraser of Australia is at 10 under with six holes to play, leaving Tabuena 16 shots off the pace.

    "I played with what I had," said the reigning Philippine Open champion after retreating to the clubhouse, more concerned with shoulder pain which he said almost forced him to quit after the first round.

    "(The pain) started on Thursday morning for some reason, it's not that painful but it's bad enough to make me think about it instead of my golf game," he added.

    "If this was not the Olympics and if I wasn't playing with the flag on my shirt, I would've pulled out already last night pa."

    With second-running Henrik Stenson of Sweden at eight-under and Thomas Pieters at seven-under, Tabuena is 13 shots out of a medal finish.

    He's by no means giving up.

    "We have two more days but anything can happen," said Tabuena. "Hopefully, I can go out (and shoot low) tomorrow, that's the only chance we can get a medal.

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    "I'm pretty far down but I've shot really low before and I don't see a reason why I can't now."

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    Miguel Tabuena tees off during the second round of the Olympic golf event. Jerome Ascano
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