Relentless Tabuena leads by 1
published : 24 Mar 2023 at 04:00
newspaper section: Sports
Hong Kong: Miguel Tabuena's hot streak continued yesterday at the World City Championship when he fired an outstanding seven-under-par 63 to take the lead on day one.
The Filipino won The DGC Open last week for his first victory on the Asian Tour since 2018 and he was bang in form again yesterday on the Composite Course at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Hong Kong's rising young star Taichi Kho shot a 64 and is second, ahead of Australian Scott Hend, who carded a 65.
Tabuena playing in the afternoon and in pursuit of Kho's morning score was quickly into his stride with birdies on the first, third, fifth and sixth to make the turn in four under. And a run of four birdies in a row from the 11th saw him take control of the US$1 million tournament.
He dropped his only shot of the day on 16 and holed a brilliant 18 footer to save par on the last.
"I am riding on some of the momentum from last week," said Tabuena, whose win last week was his third on the Asian Tour.
Rookie professional Kho was unveiled as the Hong Kong Golf Club's Ambassador this week and he has quickly repaid the famous Club's faith in him by also firing a brilliant round made up of an eagle, five birdies and just one bogey.
"Just an incredible start," said 22-year-old Kho, who made it through the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January and made the cut in the two events he has played in so far.
Starting on hole 10, Kho birdied that hole as well as the following two before an eagle on 13.
Hend, who won the Hong Kong Open here in 2014, is still struggling with an upset tummy which he picked up in New Delhi last week but that did not stop him from shooting a low number, highlighted by three closing birdies.
The World City Championship is the first international golf tournament in the Special Administrative Region of China in 38 months.