Golf

Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 7:07:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 10:37:48 PM

Gavin settles for silver after play-off against Thai

Gavin Kyle Green lines his shot at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course at the SEA Games. He tied with Thailand's Danthai Boonma at the end of the final round before losing the play-off.

Gavin Kyle Green lines his shot at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course at the SEA Games. He tied with Thailand's Danthai Boonma at the end of the final round before losing the play-off.

NAYPYITAW: Gavin Kyle Green was shaking his head in disbelief as he walked back to the clubhouse after the end of the play-off.

It could have been the greatest comeback in SEA Games golf history had Gavin won the play-off against Thai rival and overnight leader Danthai Boonma.

Gavin had overcome a four-stroke deficit at the start of the day and forced the Thai into a play-off for the gold medal at Royal Myanmar Golf Course on Wednesday.

Gavin finished the fourth round with a superb four-under 68 to tie with Boonma, who only managed a regulation 72, on 10-under 278.

Both headed for the 18th hole for the sudden-death play-off. Both parred and they went to the second play-off hole.

But Gavin’s hopes of making history as the first Malaysian individual gold medallist did not materialise in the end.

He had to settle for silver after Danthai birdied at the second play-off hole.

But despite coming so close and yet so far to victory, Gavin, who will be 20 on Dec 28, was satisfied with his performance.

“It’s my second outing and I got a medal this time.

“I did okay today but he (Danthai) did well coming into the final round and I have to give him credit for that,” said Gavin, who is studying for a business degree in the United States.

“I’m still pretty happy with how I played considering the situation.

“I just got in from the US on Friday night and we started playing on Sunday. I am still jetlagged now.

“Obviously, I wanted to get the gold medal but you can’t win everything,” said Gavin, who carded 68, 73 and 69 in the first three rounds.

Gavin’s scores, together with those of team-mates Abel Tam, Mohd Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf and Low Khai Jei saw Malaysia win the bronze medal in the men’s team with a combined four-day total of 848.

Myanmar finished second on 846 while Thailand retained the gold medal with 838.

Abel did well to finish fifth in the individual on four-under 284 while Wafiyuddin and Khai Jei were 16th (290) and 21st (294) respectively.

The women’s individual event saw Michelle Koh finishing as the highest placed Malaysian in fifth place on 219 while Nur Durriyah Damian and Vivienne Chin ended 10th (227) and 14th (230) respectively.

Tags / Keywords: golf, SEA Games, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Gavin Kyle Green, Michelle Koh, Danthai Boonma

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