PETALING JAYA: Malaysian top golfer Gavin Green (pic) has every reason to remain upbeat despite coming up short at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
The 26-year-old still managed to climb one spot to 40th on the European Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai standing after settling for joint 47th in Malelane on Sunday.
Gavin failed to build on a fine start once again as he could only muster rounds of 74,73 and 76 to add to his opening 68, which placed him in a tie for fifth.
Gavin finished on a three-over 291 total, 17 strokes adrift South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout who picked up his career’s second European Tour title.
Gavin suffered a similar disappointment in the previous week’s Joburg Open where he came in tied 74th despite being placed joint 10th after the first day.
However, there’s still plenty to play for as Gavin heads to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for his final two tournaments of the year, starting with the US$1.2mil (RM4.89mil) Golf in Dubai Championship on Thursday.
A decent outing will stand him in good stead for the US$8mil (RM32.55mil) Tour Championship at the same venue (Dec 10-13), the season finale featuring only the top 60 players of the season.
Already assured of a career-best season finish since his full European Tour debut in 2018 (surpassing 69th spot last year), Gavin’s ultimate aim is to produce two big back-to-back results to possibly crack the top 20 in the final Race to Dubai rankings.
The top 20-ranked European Tour players will get to compete in the 72-man World Golf Championship (WGC) Mexico Championship from Feb 25-28 next year.
Three other events under the world series are WGC-Dell Match Play (United States) and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (US) and WGC-HSBC Champions (China).
Gavin made his WGC-Mexico Championship debut in 2018 by virtue of being the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion. He came in tied-64th.
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