PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Gavin Kyle Green proved his credentials once again when won the Manila Southwoods Championship by two shots for his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title and his first outside of Malaysia.
The 22-year-old Gavin closed with six-under 65, carding seven birdies against a lone bogey, to overturn a three-shot deficit and triumph with a four-day total of 16-under 268 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club on Saturday.
Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan closed with three straight birdies for a 66 to share second place with Thailand’s Donlaphatchai Niyomchon, who finished with a third consecutive 67.
Gavin started brightly as he rolled in a 30-footer and a 20-footer for birdies on the second and sixth before adding more birdies on the eighth and ninth to turn in 32. He went on to sink three straight birdies from the 11th to be tied at the top with playing partner Donlaphatchai, who was equally impressive with seven birdies after 13.
Despite dropping a shot on the 14th, the Malaysian kept his cool to close out with four straight pars. The Thai stumbled with a bogey on the 15th and a double-bogey on the 16th.
“It was a really interesting round. I played solid. Donlaphatchai was on my back from the start and we were both seven-under through 13, but I stayed patient out there. I just keep hitting good shots and kept the ball in play,” said Gavin, who claimed his second ADT win on home soil in the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship in February.
His first ADT win came in 2014 when he triumphed in the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship – making him the first amateur to win on the region’s burgeoning Tour since it was inaugurated in 2010.
Gavin, the second Malaysian after Arie Irawan to win an ADT event outside of his home country, takes home US$10,500 (RM40,950) and six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points for his win.
With two victories and two top-10 finishes so far, Gavin needs just one more victory to gain playing rights on the Asian Tour next season.
“This win means a lot to me. I’ve been working a lot with my coach Chris O’Connell and I’m glad to see improvements. This win comes at the right time as I’m heading to Japan for the Asian Tour event next week.
“Hopefully I can continue to do well there,” said Gavin.
Leading final round results
268: Gavin Green (Mas) 66-65-72-65; 270: Koh Deng Shan (Sin) 70-64-70-66, Donlaphatchai Niyomchon (Tha) 69-67-67-67; 271: Poom Saksansin (Tha) 68-69-66-68, Pijit Petchkasem (Tha) 66-66-69-70, John Michael O’Toole (US) 71-61-68-71; 273: Yuto Katsuragaw (A) (Jpn) 70-70-67-66, Dino A. Giacomazzi (US) 74-66-69-64, Suradit Yongcharoenchai (Tha) 67-68-66-72; 274: Rattanon Wannsrichan (Tha) 70-70-67-67, Taichi Nabetani (Jpn) 65-69-71-69, Pannakorn Uthaipas (Tha) 66-69-69-70; 275: Miguel Tabuena (Phi) 72-66-69-68, Khalin Joshi (Ind) 71-67-69-68, Kei Takahashi (Jpn) 70 -71-64-70, Thammanoon Sriroj (Tha) 69-70-66-70, John Jackson (US) 68-64-72-71.