Olympian raring to keep crown in golf’s Philippine Open

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 15, 2016 04:37 PM
Olympian raring to keep crown in golf’s Philippine Open
TOUGH TEST. Miguel Tabuena (leftmost in photo) will be defending his title against a total of 130 competitors.

With the Asia’s oldest golf national open not making an appearance for all of 2016, Miguel Tabuena was unable to try two titles in as many years.

“Sayang I didn’t get to defend my title this year,” he expressed.

With a brand new backer, however, the Philippine Open has come roaring back to life.

And so, Tabuena will finally be able to defend his title in the event’s 99th iteration scheduled from March 2 to 5 in 2017.

He and a total of 130 competitors will be vying for a cash prize of USD 350, 000.

“I hope I’m ready to defend my trophy,” Tabuena said in a press conference on Thursday at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay.

Tabuena is coming off participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Challenging the Olympian are former champions Frankie Minoza and Angelo Que. For his part, the former expressed, “I’m ready to challenge for the title.”

Also coming for Tabuana’s title are challengers from around the world. Assuring a competitive field despite the event not being part of the Asian Tour, Pilipinas Gold Tournaments, Inc. official Colo Ventosa said, “For 2017, this will be an independent event, but I believe many players still want to come here.”

She then continued, “And I know our players themselves will be inviting their friends on the tour.”

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