Dec 02, 2018: Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines signed for a stunning four-under-par 66 in the final round of the Queen’s Cup hosted by Jaidee Foundation to end a three-year title drought on the Asian Tour on Sunday. India’s Shiv Kapur shot three-under-par 67 in the fourth round.
Shiv Kapur maintained consistency through out all four rounds to play steady golf, scores of 69-68-65-67 underlining one of his best weeks this season. He scored five birdies and two bogeys in the final round to finish in T6 at 11-under 269.
“Overall, I can’t complain, I think I played quite well, made a aouple of bogeys where I shouldn’t but that is going to happen to anyone,” said Shiv.
“Especially on the back nine I was trying to attack as much as I could. The leaders were getting away from me but I was still out there flag hunting and trying to make as many birdies as I could. Only made two bogeys today so that’s a positive.
“I felt like I played solid given the fact that I started this tournament two-over-par and to come back and finish in the top-10 is good. I am pretty happy with the way I fought back. Hopefully I can carry on this momentum into Indonesia and prepare for next year.”
The 24-year-old Filipino dug deep into his reserves to hold off the challenge from the fast-chasing field after he birdied four of his closing six holes to reign supreme on a 20-under-par 260 total at the Legacy Golf Club.
Tabuena’s last victory came in 2015 when he secured his maiden win at his National Open. He traded five birdies against a lone bogey on the first hole to take his long-awaited return into the Asian Tour winner’s circle.
With his victory, Tabuena took home a winner’s prize purse of US$90,000 and moved up to 15th place on the Habitat for Humanity Standings.
American Johannes Veerman made a charge on the final day after carding a bogey-free 66 highlighted by four birdies, but he was unable to catch up with the relentless pace of Tabuena, and settled for second place on 263 at the US$500,000 event hosted by Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee.
Home favourite Jazz Janewattanond had a chance to complete a successful title defence after reeling in three birdies from the 11th. However, he struggled to a dropped-shot on the last and left Tabuena running away with a three-shot victory.
The Queen’s Cup is celebrating it’s 11th edition on the Asian Tour this week and Thongchai assumed responsibility of hosting for the first time on the region’s premier Tour, in his efforts to draw attention to his foundation.