Asian Tour: Pagunsan 2nd; Tabuena 10th in Queen’s Cup

18 06 2012

Samui, Thailand – Thaworn Wiratchant won his 13th Asian Tour title at the 2012 Queen’s Cup. The 45 year old Thai parbuster equalled fellow Thai Thongchai Jaidee’s record of Asian Tour victories.  His latest win was worth US$47,550.  He was 3 shots ahead of Siddikur of Bangladesh and reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines.

Pagunsan was playing in his first tournament in the 2012 Asian Tour after staying almost exclusively in the cash rich-Japan Golf Tour.  He opened the tournament with a terrible 75 but rallied in the 2nd round with a 65 to qualify for the weekend play. His 72-68 wind-up netted him $25,425.

Filipino youngster Miguel Tabuena limped home with a final round 76 after leading in the first 3 rounds. He was able to earn his first ever top 10 finish in the Asian Tour.  The $5,662.50 he earned in the tournament is the biggest so far in his professional career.  He finished 11th in the Philippine Open this year after collapsing with a final round 81. His experience in the Queen’s Cup will definitely give him lessons on staying on his nerves.

Top Finishers:

277 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 70-67-72-68.

280 – Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 75-65-72-68, SIDDIKUR (BAN) 70-68-71-71.

281 – Himmat RAI (IND) 70-72-72-67, Guido VAN DER VALK (NED) 70-72-69-70.

282 – Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 69-75-69-69, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 71-68-72-71, Varut CHOMCHALAM (THA) 72-71-66-73.

284 – Boonchu RUANGKIT (THA) 67-74-73-70.

285 – Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 76-70-75-64, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 67-70-72-76.

286 – Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-73-71-71, Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 68-72-74-72, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 68-73-70-75, Jonathan MOORE (USA) 72-72-67-75.

287 – Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 73-69-71-74.

*photos are from Asian Tour website