Green can grin from ear to ear after Aphrodite high

  • Golf
  • Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020

Gavin Green with caddie Brendan Mccartain at the Cyprus Showdown last week. - pic courtesy of European Tour

PETALING JAYA: Gavin Green is all smiles after rediscovering his form at the just-concluded Cyprus Showdown.

The 26-year-old made amends for his missed cut at the Cyprus Open the week before by finishing tied seventh at the Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos on Sunday.

He carded a three-under 68 to finish four shots behind eventual winner Robert Macintyre of Scotland.

His creditable finish put an end to a string of dismal showings which included two missed cuts in four outings.

Prior to that frustrating run, Gavin had finished no worse than a top 30 in eight of his first-nine outings of the season.

Gavin was pleased with his display at the Showdown that earned him a third top-10 finish of the season and 10th overall in his European Tour career.

And he swiftly credited his coach Chris O’Conell for helping him turn things around.

Gavin was getting some tips for his swing from the American while he was in Dubai during a two-week break from competitions.

“Last week (Cyprus Open) was a little rough as I got in really late for the tournament (due to permit issues), so Thursday was basically my practice round, ” said Gavin.

“After missing the cut, I had a chance to focus on my shots and practise the tweaks I had been working on with Chris.

“I was definitely more comfortable out there.”

Gavin also savoured the experience of playing in the ground-breaking format, where scores were reset to par for both the third and final round.

In the third round, Gavin showed nerves of steel to birdie the final hole and barely made the three-under 68 cut to join 18 other players in Sunday’s showdown.

“I find this format pretty unique and I had a fair share of kan cheong (Cantonese for nervous) moments out there!, ” said Gavin.

“Every one has a chance to win, all you need to do is make the cut and everything starts on a level playing field again the next day.”

At one point, Gavin even found himself in contention for the title as he was just one shot behind the leaders after trading five birdies with two bogeys in the first 12 holes.

Gavin will be taking a few days off to enjoy the stunning Mediterranean island before his next three assignments in South Africa – Joburg Open (Nov 19-22), Alfred Dunhill Championship (Nov 26-29) and South African Open (Dec 3-6).

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