Miguel Tabuena fails to sustain hot start, stumbles to 73 at start of Olympic golf
Miguel Tabuena was tied for seventh early but struggled to keep his momentum as winds picked up in the Rio course. Jerome Ascano

RIO DE JANEIRO — Miguel Tabuena shot a two-over par 73 to take a share of 42nd in the first round of the Olympics golf competition at the Olympic Golf Course.

Marcus Fraser of Australia ran off four straight birdies to finish with an 8-under 63, an Olympic record, for a three-shot lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson in golf’s return to the Olympiad after 112 years.

Tabuena is in 42nd along with seven other golfers that include world No. 6 Bubba Watson after four bogeys in the back nine.

The Filipino golfer was off to a solid start with a two-under card after the front nine, but the winds ultimately bedevilled Tabuena, who missed the green on his third shot at the par-5 10th leading to his first bogey of the round. He also had bogeys in the 13th, 16th, and 18th.

“I thought I played well. If you start to miss your tee shots here, which is crucial, it can cost you and that cost me in the final three holes,” said Tabuena.

“(I have to) trust the wind a little bit more,” he added.

Still, Tabuena is just four strokes off from joining a logjam at 11th place. And he can bounce back on the second round, which tees off Friday morning (Friday night, Manila time).

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