Tabuena sets eyes on Rio Olympics spot
Mark Escarlote on Dec 22, 2015 04:34 PM
I hope I can make it (to the Rio Olympics). Iím joining bigger tournaments next year so I can earn more points --- Miguel Tabuena
Upstart golfer Miguel Tabuena is hoping to continue his success next year for a chance to represent the country in the Rio Olympics.
The 21-year-old Tabuena moved up to No. 48 in the International Golf Federation Olympic rankings, and if he holds on to a top 60 spot until July or a month before the Olympics, he can make it to the Rio De Janeiro Summer Games.
“I hope I can make it. I’m joining bigger tournaments next year so I can earn more points,” said Tabuena Tuesday, who graced Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Tabuena bagged his maiden victory in the Asian Tour last week in the 98th Philippine Open and he hopes that is success will continue next season with his eyes focused on making it to the Olympics.
“It would mean the world to me,” he said.
“I never thought I can have the opportunity to represent the country in the Olympics. It’s a chance to compete against the best in the world,” added Tabuena, who was accompanied in the session of the weekly public sports program by his father, Luigi, also the Philippine Golf Tour manager.
It will be the first time since the 1904 Games that the Olympics will include golf in its calendar.
Included in Tabuena’s list of events he wants to join next year are the Singapore Open on Jan. 28 and the $3 million Malaysian Open in February.
Tabuena is especially excited in the coming Singapore Open which will be headlined by current world No. 1 Jordan Spieth of the United States.
From Malaysia, Tabuena will vie in a Philippine Golf Tour leg in Anvaya, then the Thai Golf Classic and another one in India.