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Monday March 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin pose for photograph with the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013 Best Malaysian and Best Amateur winner, Gavin Kyle Green at KLGCC. AZMAN GHANI / The Star
AMATEUR golfer Gavin Kyle Green proved that he is indeed the Malaysian star to watch out for.
Yesterday, the 19-year-old Gavin turned on his style to steal the show on the final day of the US$2.75mil Maybank Malaysian Open with a sizzling six-under 210 for a joint 22nd spot to emerge as Malaysia’s top performer.
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He did better than two other professionals Danny Chia and S. Murthy, who finished joint 51st and 65th respectively. Chia in post-play comments on the Malaysian showing, minced no words when he praised Gary and said he is a potential future star.
On a sunny morning, the lanky Gavin enjoyed a superb round - firing birdies at the fifth, eighth and the 11th holes to finish the day with a sparkling bogey-free three-under 69.
He had gone one-over 73 on the opening day but made quick rebound with his best score of four-under 68 in the second round.
Yesterday, he picked up the best Malaysian and the best amateur trophy for his consistent and strong showing here throughout the rain-shortened play of 54 holes, and given time, Gavin surely has the potential to rock the Malaysian golf scene.
“I played well again today,” said Gavin, referring to his bogey-free round.
“Not many putts dropped but it is okay. I had a good event. I could have played better so I’m happy with myself. I made the cut so that’s the main thing. I finished well and that is better.
“This will give me confidence for sure but I learnt that I have got to hit better iron shots.”
It will surely strengthen his bid to get an exemption to play in the US Amateur.
He has to be in the top 50 of the amateur ranking and currently he is lying at the 49th spot.
Despite showing talent beyond his age, Gavin has no plans to rush into turning pro just yet.
“I will stay in school and finish my degree,” said the second year business student of the University of New Mexico.
“The outing here has given me good confidence. It tells me that I can play with the professionals. I still have two years in college and then we will see what happens.”
When asked if he has any advice for other amateur golfers, Gavin said: “Keep practising and study hard.”
Gavin will be heading back to US today but he would take with him invaluable insights from his Malaysian Open outing.
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