Dad’s presence in S. Africa spurs Gavin to survive cut


  • Golf
  • Sunday, 22 Nov 2020

A father’s love: Gary (right) is carrying the bag for Gavin in the Joburg Open.

PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 Gavin Green, boosted by his father Gary’s presence, enjoyed a solid start at the Joburg Open in South Africa.

The 26-year-old made his 12th cut in 15th starts this season after carding a pair of 66 and 71 to reach the halfway stage on a five-under 138 total at the Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg on Friday.

Gavin is tied for 21st spot and is eight shots behind South African Jacques Blaauw.

The Joburg Open will be Gavin’s first of his last four-tournament stretch on the European Tour as he looks to finish the Covid-19 pandemic-shortened season with a flourish.

The other three tournaments are the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa (Nov 26-29), Golf in Dubai Championship (Dec 2-5) and the season finale Tour Championship (Dec 10-13) – both at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Gavin will certainly be extra motivated for the final stretch as Gary had flown in from Malaysia to caddy for him.

Gavin had not returned to Malaysia since flying to Europe for the Scottish Open in late September.

“He has been away (from home) two months already, so I’m here to keep him company a bit, ” said Gary.

“And the only way for me to spend time with him is to caddy for him because of the tournament bubble.

“It’s a lot of fun being on the bag for Gavin as I enjoy doing this and if I can add some value to his game, I’m happy to do it.”

For Gary, it will be a sense of accomplishment for him to witness Gavin making his maiden appearance in the prestigious Tour Championship, which is only for the best 60 players of the season.

Although there are four events left including this week’s Joburg Open, Gavin is all but assured of a spot as he’s currently ranked 42nd on the season-long Race to Dubai points standings.

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