Gavin fails to hit the green for season-ender

  • Golf
  • Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top golfer Gavin Kyle Green fell short in his last-ditch bid to qualify for the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai this week.

On Sunday, the 25-year-old finished a commendable tied 21st spot at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, but it was not enough for him to sneak into the top-50 of the Race to Dubai rankings.

Gavin carded a final round one-under 71 at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, finishing in a three-way tie for 21st alongside former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer of Germany and Italian Guido Migliozzi on a par-288 total.

Gavin, who shot 74, 70 and 73 in the first three rounds, pocketed a cool €53,680 (RM247,000) for his efforts to bring his final prize money tally to €605,327 (RM2.79mil).

He could have had a bigger payday had he made the cut for the 50-man Tour Championship, which boasts a US$8mil (RM33.24mil) prize fund.

But it was going to be tough from the start as Gavin needed at least a top-five result at the Nedbank Challenge to break into the top 50.

The tied 21st effort helped Gavin to climb just one rung and he finished in 69th place for the season.

It was still a huge improvement from his first full season in Europe when he finished 84th.

Gavin has retained his Tour card by virtue of finishing in the top 110 in the Race to Dubai.

The new season will tee-off with the Hong Kong Open from Nov 28-Dec 1.

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