The 24-year-old Filipino dug deep into his reserves to hold off the challenge from the fast-chasing field after he birdied four of his closing six holes to reign supreme on a 20-under-par 260 total at the Legacy Golf Club.

“It took a lot of digging and scrambling because the guys were relentless all day,” Tabuena said.

“Natipong (Srithong) kept making birdies and I was pretty nervous at one point.”

Tabuena’s last victory came in 2015 when he secured his maiden win at his National Open. He traded five birdies against a lone bogey on the first hole to take his long-awaited return into the Asian Tour winner’s circle.

With his victory, Tabuena took home a winner’s prize purse of US$90,000 and moved up to 15th place on the Habitat for Humanity Standings.

“It took a lot of digging and scrambling because the guys were relentless all day.” – Miguel Tabuena

American Johannes Veerman made a charge on the final day after carding a bogey-free 66 highlighted by four birdies – but he was unable to catch up with the relentless pace of Tabuena, and settled for second place on 263 at the US$500,000 event hosted by Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee.

Home favourite Jazz Janewattanond had a chance to complete a successful title defence after reeling in three birdies from the 11th. However, he struggled to a dropped-shot on the last and left Tabuena running away with a three-shot victory.

The Queen’s Cup celebrated its 11th edition on the Asian Tour this week and Thongchai assumed responsibility of hosting for the first time on the region’s premier Tour, in his efforts to draw attention to his foundation.

Andrew Dodt was the best of the Australians, carding one-under 69 to reach seven under for the tournament and share 16th place.