Gavin Kyle Green lining a putt on the second day at the Maybank Malaysian Open. He carded a two-under 70 for a 144 two-day total.
KUALA LUMPUR: Gavin Kyle Green again underlined his talent as an up-and-coming star for the country as he made the cut for the second successive year at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Gavin produced a fine two-under 70 for a 144 two-day total to join national number one Nicholas Fung and Khor Kheng Hwai as the three Malaysians to make the weekend play out of the 22 who started the week here.
The business administration student at University of New Mexico in United States also made the cut last year and emerged as the best local finisher in a tie for 22nd.
“I tried to play my best because I knew my best would get me into the weekend. I was really nervous on the back nine.
“I played good on the first nine,” said Gavin, who brilliantly turned in 31 following three birdies and one eagle.
“The game was going good. (Then) I kept trying too hard and overthinking on the back nine. Thankfully, I did enough to make the cut.
“I was thinking too much about my swing rather than hitting the shot. There’s a little bit of pressure because I wanted to make the cut and improve on last year (tied 22nd),” said Gavin, who headed back to the driving range later for some extra practice.
“I try to fix my swing. Since I have made it now, I’m going all out,” added Gavin, who took silver after losing a playoff at the Myanmar SEA Games last year.
EurAsia Cup star Nicholas was also relieved after making the halfway cut for the first time in his burgeoning career.
The 23-year-old battled to a one-under 71 in the second round for a one-under 143 total which left him sharing 37th place with 10 others.
“I’m happy as this is the first time I’m making the cut. It means a lot as not many Malaysians have made it. At least we’ll have three on the weekend.
“Before I teed off, I looked at the scores and it looked like it was +1 or even (to make the cut). I was nervous starting out.
“I pulled my opening drive and then kept pulling all my shots until the 10th hole before I steadied myself.
“I told myself not to worry since I had already missed it six times.
“I had no expectations and I just wanted to have fun. I managed to get one birdie on 16 which was good as I missed a few short putts,” he said.
There was a small band of supporters following his match and he was later thrilled to earn a pat on the back from his father, who said “well done, son” after he tapped home his final par of the day.
“I will try my best in the next two rounds. All my supporters came down to back me and to see me make my first cut here. My dad is so happy,” said the Sabahan, who grew up learning the game by following his businessman father to the golf course when he was five.
“Putting is a bit of a problem, the line-reading hasn’t been good. Maybe I’ll call my coach to ask him for some advice before I tee off tomorrow,” said Nicholas, who topped the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit last season following one win and three runner-up finishes.
The cut this year was at one-over 145.