Gavin secures second best finish on European Tour in China

  • Golf
  • Monday, 06 May 2019

Off to Europe: Gavin Kyle Green will be heading for Southport, England, to take part in the British Masters this week.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian top golfer Gavin Kyle Green produced his second best finish on the European Tour this season by finishing a creditable joint 19th at the China Open.

The 24-year-old closed with a two-under 70 to finish on 11-under 277 at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen yesterday.

Nicholas Fung was the other Malaysian in the fray but missed the cut on Friday.

Gavin traded three birdies with one bogey to finish nine shots behind winner Mikko Korhonen of Finland in the tournament jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

It certainly wasn’t as eventful as in the third round where he marked his scorecard with an eagle, seven birdies, two bogeys and a triple bogey.

The 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion not only picked up a cool US$31,701 (RM131,300) for his effort but also notched his second top-20 finish on European Tour this year after tying for 11th place at the Saudi International in February.

Gavin will be heading to this week’s British Masters in Southport, England, in buoyant mood where he bids to improve on his respectable tied ninth outing last year.

The prestigious £3mil (RM16.37mil) tournament begins on Thursday.

Apart from the British Masters, Gavin has also entered his name for the Made in Denmark (May 23-26).

Gavin, the nation’s sole representative on the European Tour, is competing in his second straight season.

He continues to seek his maiden European Tour victory after emerging runner-up at the Indian Open in 2017 and came in third at the Czech Masters last year.

“It was a good boost for sure. Things were solid this week. I obviously left a decent amount out there with a few big numbers. I kind of killed the score a little but lots of positives,” said Gavin.

He wasn’t the only Malaysian golfer who did well at the weekend.

Ben Leong carded a two-under 70 for a share of 18th spot with a one-over 285 total in the Maekyung Open Golf Championship in Seoul, South Korea, yesterday.

He ended his campaign 10 strokes adrift home winner Lee Tae-hee.

It was certainly a confidence-boosting result for Ben having missed the cut at the Singapore Open and Maybank Championship in his first two Asian Tour starts of the season.

He will compete next alongside Nicholas at the Diamond Cup Golf Championship in Japan this week.

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