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Bogey at 18th sends Tabuena tumbling down

Miguel Tabuena bogeyed the 18th hole and found himself 8 shots behind the hot-starting Swede Rikard Karlberg in the opening of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament yesterday.

Playing alongside Australia’s Marcus Fraser and Korea’s Younghan Song, Tabuena got off to a fine start with two birdies in his opening four holes before hitting the turn with a flawless 34.

It was however a contrasting tale in the back-nine when the 22-year-old traded three bogeys against one birdie for an inward 38 under rainy conditions at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

“I’m really disappointed as I could have gone really low today. The putter was simply not cooperating,” said Tabuena, who trails world No. 3 Rory McIlroy by one.

Kalrberh highlighted his round with four straight birdies starting on hole No. 1 but managed to post a one-shot lead over American Rickie Fowler after bogeying the 18th hole.

In all, the Swede finished with 9 birdies.

A stroke farther back were American Daniel Berger, Scottish Russell Knox and Japanese Hideki Matsuyama.