Quiban regains Asian Tour card, ties for 3rd

Jan Veran - Philstar.com
Quiban regains Asian Tour card, ties for 3rd
This handout from the Asian Tour taken and released on November 26, 2021 shows Justin Quiban of the Philippines reacting after playing a shot during round two of the Blue Canyon Championship golf tournament at the Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket.
Paul Lakatos / Asian Tour / AFP

MANILA, Philippines -- Justin Quiban skidded in a final round meltdown that cost him the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage top honors but hardly spoiled his bid for a Tour card as he tied for third with a 73 at the close of the five-round elims in Hua Hin, Thailand Saturday.

Kristoffer Broberg struck from out of nowhere to clinch the low medal honors with a rare three-eagle feat at the par-72 Springfield Royal Country Club on his way to a 66. The power-hitting Swede seized control with a birdie-eagle-birdie start, also at Springfield, then bounced back from bogeys on Nos. 8 and 11 with eagles on Nos. 12 and 18, both par-5s, to close out with a 33-33 and finish on top of the class with an 18-under 340.

He edged Shogenji Tatsunori by two after the Japanese pooled a 342 after a 67, while Quiban rallied with two birdies in the last seven holes to salvage a one-over card and share third place with Aussie Justin Warren and Spain’s Carlos Pigem at 344.

Warren fired a 68 while Pigem matched par 72.

Thirty two others secured their Tour cards for the new season, but Sean Ramos missed out by a single stroke. He shot four birdies against two bogeys but his 70 could only net him a 353 total.

Japanese Tomoyo Ikemura fought back with a 69 as he tied Kiwi Nick Voke, the first round leader who turned in a 72, compatriot Taihei Sato and Chile’s Matias Dominguez, who matched 73s, for the last four berths at 352.

Pulling ahead of the pack with a 64 at Lake View Resort and Golf Club Friday, Quiban birdied No. 3 but fell off the leaderboard with four bogeys in the next seven holes. The three-time Philippine Golf Tour winner, however, finished strongwith birdies on the last two long holes.

As a full-card holder, Quiban is now set to participate in the Asian Tour’s kickoff leg, the $1-million Malaysian Open, slated February 15-18 at the Mines Resort and Golf Club, joining the likes of Tour regulars Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que.

Quiban posted a best joint-14th-place effort in the DGC Open, won by Tabuena, in India last year but lost his card after up at No. 86 in the Asian Tour Order of Merit rankings.

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