By Adrian Flores
Miguel Tabuena carded a three-under 69 and Angel Que turned in a two-under 70 as the Filipino duo started their quest for the crown at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters held at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
Tabuena looked to dominate in the $1-million Asian Tour event early with an impressive eagle on No. 6 then made three birdies in 5 holes to begin the back nine.
However, disaster struck on the 16th after limping with a double bogey. He ended with consecutive pars for that 69.
Que, a three time winner on the Asian Tour, made five birdies as against three bogeys.
More than half of the field, including Filipino Justin Quiban, are playing as of press time. Tabuena tied for seventh while Que ranked ninth.
Donlaphatchai Niyomchon and Sarit Suwannarut of Thailand are the joint provisional leaders with 67s.