Still playing with a bit of rust, Miguel Tabuena lost a similarly sterling performance on Tuesday, with Clyde Mandela leading one shot early to fire a six-under-par 66 to Birdies in his last three holes. P2-Million ICTSI Splendido Rhythm Championship.
The two-time Philippine Open champion, whose first pro win came on a mountain course in Laurel, Batangas, actually birdied seven of his last 12 holes, his only boogie being in the 13th par-4 for a 34-32 effort.
“I didn’t really hit my best. I started very slowly and didn’t birdie in the first hole, “said Tabuena, who has been out of the competition since Visa Snafu, who is heading to South Korea, stopped him from taking action there. “But I’m running it at No. 8.”
When Tabuena finished the heat, Mandela did not dismiss Bukidon as a long-hitter, his only drop being coming to the 15th and 18th holes. He also made seven birdies for 67 off Dutchman Guido van der Valk.
Mandela, who won his PH Open at The Country Club in 2019, said: “My front was tough, hitting all the fairways and even missed three birdie chances within five feet. “
Joinard Reats, Antonio Lascuna, Dino Villanueva and Art Arbole returned in 69 seconds after a total of 16 players cracked the equalizer in the first round of the event, organized by the Philippines Golf Tournaments, Inc.
The accompanying P750,000 female version also took to the field, with Chanel Avaricio leading the Sunshine Barracks with 70 runs and amateur Maffee Singson in one shot.
Hermione Constantino shot level 72, but Chihiro Ikeda, shooting for a second consecutive title, had to fight at 75. INQ
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