Miguel Tabuena vows to be better after Rio 'learning curve,' looks ahead to 2020 Games
Miguel Tabuena finished 23 shots behind gold medallist Justin Rose of England. Jerome Ascano

RIO DE JANEIRO – Miguel Tabuena may not have achieved the desired result in his first ever Olympic stint, but that doused his desire to bring honor to the country in future Olympiads.

The 21-year-old Tabuena submitted his best round on Sunday when he finally broke par on the final day of the men’s golf competition at the Olympic golf course.

The one-under-par 70 was Tabuena’s best score after submitting earlier rounds of 73, 75, and 73 for a 291 total as he finished at 53rd place out of a 60-man field in golf’s return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.

Justine Rose of Great Britain won the gold with a 16-under-268 total.

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Tabuena said competing in the Olympics for the first time was a learning experience which he hopes would help him if given another chance to play for the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“It’s part of the learning curve,” he admitted. “It’s a dream come true to represent the country here. I will be more ready next time, hopefully in the (2020) Tokyo Olympics.”

The lone Filipino golfer didn’t stay for long in this Brazilian metropolis.

He took the first flight out to Manila Sunday (Monday, Manila time) together with swing coach Joel Altea and caddy Casey Baseet as they prepared for the European tour set on August 28. 

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