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MIGUEL Tabuena gets saddled by double bogey and triple bogey in the first round of the Q-School first stage in Nevada. / Roslan RAHMAN /Agence France-Presse

Miguel Tabuena marked his Korn Ferry Tour Q-School drive with two birdies in the first three holes at the backside of the Dayton Valley Golf Club but marred it with a double bogey and a triple bogey and found himself way off target in Stage I in Nevada Tuesday.

He hit two other birdies against one more bogey as the Filipino ace ended up with a two-over 74 and slipped to joint 58th in the 75-player field battling it out for the top 21 plus ties for spots in the next phase of the three-part qualifier leading to KFT cards next year.

The ICTSI-backed shotmaker actually toted a one-under card heading to the par-4 ninth but hit a couple of errant shots and wound up with a 7 for a 38-36 card that ruined an otherwise fine start coming off a victory in the Idaho Open two weeks ago.

Lloyd Jefferson Go also lay way down despite a two-birdie, two-bogey round, his 72 dropping him to a share of 44th, three strokes off the projected cutoff score with three rounds left in one of the six simultaneously held satellite elims in various venues.

But Korean Kim Jyo Hyung sizzled at the back with an eagle-spiked 31 as he fired a 67 for joint sixth, three strokes off the hot-starting Skyler Finnel from California.

Winner of The Country Club Invitational and a Philippine Golf Tour leg, Kim mixed two birdies with the same number of bogeys at the front but charged back strong with a birdie-eagle-birdie backside roll from No. 10. After a run of pars, the one-time Asian Tour leg winner birdied the par-5 18th to bolster his own KFT bid.

Finnel, meanwhile, flaunted a solid long game, shooting two eagles at Nos, 11 and 18, both par-5s, added hit three birdies that spiked a sterling backside 29.

He, however, slowed down with a lone birdie at the front but his bogey-free 64 netted him a one-stroke lead over Noah Norton, also from California, who likewise spiked his solid 65 with two eagles on Nos. 8 and 11 and three birdies.

Tabuena exuded confidence coming off the starting block, birdying No. 10 then bucked a flubbed chance on the next with another birdie on No. 12. But after parring the par-3 No. 13, he dropped a shot on the next, regained the stroke on No. 15, only to blow a two-under card with a double bogey mishap on the 17th.

He missed another chance on the 18th, birdied the third to go one-under again only to stumble and tumble with a triple bogey on the ninth.

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