March 31, 2023
Miguel Tabuena wins the stormy DGC Golf Open

Miguel Tabuena wins the stormy DGC Golf Open

Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines hit a blistering 65 in the final round to climb the ranks and win the Asian Tour DGC Open crown at a storm-battered Delhi golf club on Sunday.

Local hope Rashid Khan was the overnight leader, three shots clear of the rest, but final round nerves undid the Indian who finished a shot behind Tabuena in second at 11 under par.

Tabuena was sixth overall going into the final day, six shots behind Khan, but a 7-under-par round of 65 that included a massive 50-foot putt on 12 secured him his third Asian Tour win.

The 28-year-old’s round included seven birdies, four of them in the back nine and two in a row.

“We won, dad!” Tabuena told the jubilant father of him in a subsequent video call that was shared on the organizers’ Twitter account.

With play stopped for 20 minutes due to bad weather, Khan made two bogeys on the back nine and even a birdie on the 18th wasn’t enough to force a playoff.

His fellow Indian S. Chikkarangappa, who was the leader after two rounds, was second going into the final day, but two over 74 meant he finished fourth behind Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat in third.

SSP Chawrasia, another Indian, was fifth, and in sixth set were Thailand’s Suteepat Prateeptienchai and the Indian trio of Gaganjeet Bhullar, Om Prakash Chouhan and Honey Baisoya.

Tabuena’s previous victories on the Asian Tour were the Philippine Open in 2015 and the Queen’s Cup in Thailand three years later.


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