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Tabuena, Que prop up Rio bid

The country’s hopes of having Filipino golfers in the 2016 Rio Olympics in August remains strong as Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que continue to keep their place in the top 60 Olympic rankings.

Tabuena is currently at No. 37 while the veteran Que is at No. 52 according to the latest rankings released by the International Golf Federation.

The 21-year-old Tabuena gained enough points in the recent AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open over the weekend where he finished tied at 18th place with a 5-over 293 total. He also went home with euro 11,377 (around P590,000).

He also earned enough points in several strong finishes at the SMBC Singapore Open last January where he finished tied at fourth, and the Maybank Championship Malaysia last February where he settled tied at second place.

Que, for his part, gained most of his ranking points at the Hero Indian Open last March where he finished tied at fourth place.

According to the Olympic committee, the top 60 players based from the world rankings as of July 11 will earn berths in the Games, with a limit of four golfers per country.

The top 15 players will automatically get slots, while the remaining spots will go the highest-ranked players from countries that do not have two golfers, with the IGF guaranteeing at least one golfer from the host nation and each geographical region.

It would be the first time that golf will be played at the Games since the 1904 Olympics.