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Miguel shares 2nd, pockets P11.8 million

It was probably not the kind of finish Miguel Tabuena envisioned when he started his opening round in the $3 million Maybank Championship Malaysia last Thursday. He nearly quit because of food poisoning. He suffered stomach pain and rushed to the toilet four times in the first round. In the second round, he felt so weak he did not stay for post-round practice. But four days later, he is joint runner up in one of the richest events of the Asian Tour and winner of nearly P12 million in prize money. “I can’t complain with the way I played. Not being 100%, no complaints at all,” Tabuena said. A closing round 3-under-par 68 did it for the small built 21-year-old Filipino star who placed second, along with Soomin Lee of South Korea, two strokes …

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Que 1 shot back after 66 in Malaysia tourney

Angelo Que shot three straight birdies on his way to a 6-under-par 65 Thursday to stay one-shot behind the leader in the first round of the $3-million Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur. Que made seven birdies in all but slipped with a bogey on the 16th when he missed the fairway and the green to allow Australia’s Nathan Holman to seize the opening day at the Royal Selangor Golf Club. The Filipino Asian Tour veteran was in solo second at the clubhouse, a stroke ahead of three other players tied for third at 66, 5-under-par. Three other Filipinos are also entered in the rich tournament jointly sanctioned y the European Tour with Juvic Pagunsan carding a 2-under-par 69 to tie for 32nd place. Miguel Tabuena was also at 3 under for the tournament but …

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Due process

Chito Narvasa, PBA commissioner for less than a year, did not wait long to establish the tenor of his commissionership. By banning Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson for life for verbally assaulting him during a tumultuous PBA game last Saturday, Narvasa made it clear that he will not tolerate indecent, inappropriate and abusive behavior by anyone connected with the league. Reports also indicated that he was willing to go mano-a-mano with anyone when he reportedly went after Johnson during the exchange and was only restrained by media chief Willie Marcial from engaging the furious import physically. Narvasa’s own angry retort was new to many. In 40 years of the PBA, no commissioner has ever attempted to engage anyone to a fight. Narvasa apparently has had it with Johnson whom TNT had rehired …

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Tabuena wins from 4 behind

Miguel Tabuena showed his third round meltdown was a mere hiccup as he outgunned the veteran Antonio Lascuna with a steady performance in the final round to win the ICTSI Anyaya Cove Invitational yesterday. Tabuena was not at his utmost best but he was steady and fearless when it counted most by shooting a 2-under-par 70 to win the title by three strokes. Lascuna, who led by four shots at the start of the day over Tabuena, could not even finish runner up. That honor belonged to Clyde Mondilla who fired a day’s best 4-under 68 to shoot past the fading Lascuna who carded a 6-over-par 78 and settled for third, four strokes behind. The 22-year-old Tabuena had surrendered the lead he held for two rounds when he shot a horrendous 77 in …

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Rodriguez finishes strong, shoots a 68

Cyna Rodriguez stormed back with a closing round 5-under-par 68 in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Sunday, but it was too little too late for the Filipino LPGA rookie who had a roller-coaster debut in the toughest ladies golf circuit in the world. Rodriguez finished her first stint as a LPGA member with a 293 total, 1 over par for the tournament and 19 strokes behind winner Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea, who won by two strokes stroke over American Stacy Lewis and two others. Still, Rodriguez’s debut was remarkable coming as she did from qualifying school and carrying the hopes of her countrymen. She was second to last at the start of the round. Were it not for her middle rounds, the 24-year-old would have placed much better than a …

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Tabuena chases leaders in Singapore

Miguel Tabuena continued to make an impact in the new golf season. He chased the leading pack all through the final round of the Singapore Open Sunday and was tied for fourth place when play was delayed. Tabuena was 3-under-par for the round and 9-under par for the tournament with still one hole left in his round at the Sentosa Golf Club course. He was one shot behind clubhouse leader Liang Wen-chong of China who finished at 274, 10 under par for the tournament. Game was called off due to bad weather with six players still on the course. Among them was world No. 1 Jordan Spieth who was also at 10 under with only the 18th left like Tabuena. Third round leader Younghan Song of South Korea was at 12-under with three holes …

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Cyna near bottom after 78

Cyna Rodriguez failed to sustain a relatively good start and shot a five-over-par 78 to fall next to last after three rounds of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Saturday. Rodriguez was one-under through 10 holes with birdies on the second and eighth holes, until disaster struck starting on the 11th when she made bogey. She had four more bogeys afterwards and a double bogey on the 16th that all but ruined her third round outing. Rodriguez, the country’s first LPGA player in more than 15 years, will have to play well enough in Sunday’s final round to avoid landing last in her first LPGA tournament. She has a three-round total of 225, 7 over par for the tournament, 18 strokes behind co-leaders Anna Nordquist and Charley Hull who both are at 207 for …

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Cyna struggles, fires 77 but makes the cut

Cyna Rodriguez could not get her putter going and succumbed to the swirling winds and shot a 4-over-par 77, putting her nine shots behind after two rounds of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Open. It was a stunning wake up call for the LPGA rookie who opened her professional debut in the world’s toughest ladies tour with a 3-under-par 70 effort on opening day. From 3-under, Rodriguez fell to 1-over 147 and nearly missed the cut which was pegged at 3-over-par. Rodriguez, who was tied for 10th at the start of the second round, fell to a tie for 57th. She trails co-leaders Meghan Kang (68), Haru Nomura (70) and Charley Hull (70), all at 8-under-par 138. But for the second straight day, the 24-year-old Filipino star had an eagle when she reached the par …

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Why Alaska must beat SMB tonight

If the Alaska Aces had behaved confidently the past two games when it had the opportunity to take away San Miguel Beer, they now have a reason to quake in their basketball shoes after squandering those two precious chances. Two overtime losses can leave a painful mark in the psyche of the Aces and they could cast a cloud of doubt on whether the Aces can ever close out the Beermen and win the Philippine Cup championship. The Aces had four chances to do it, those chances have now narrowed down to two. If San Miguel prevails in Game 6 again tonight, Game 7 would probably be a funeral ride for Alaska. Just ponder this: Alaska lost in overtime without June Mar Fajardo in the SMB lineup in Game 4, then lost Game …

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Milo10K run short – Keon

The result of the 10K run of the recent Milo Marathon finals is being questioned by Michael Keon, the former head of the defunct Project: Gintong Alay who is a running enthusiast. Keon revealed yesterday that the 10K event during the finals held Dec. 6 in Clark Field, Pampanga where he was one of several hundred runners, was not 10K but only 8.6 kilometers. Keon, whose track program in the late 70s and early 80s produced track icons Lydia de Vega and Isidro del Prado, said he noted the discrepancy when he clocked what he said was an “unbelievable” time of 45.18 minutes, about five minutes faster than his personal best of 51.11. “Never in my life did I think I can ever break 50,” he said yesterday. “I crossed the line, went to …

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