Gavin makes history as first M’sian to play in Tour C’ship

On song: Gavin has notched three top-10 finishes on the European Tour this season.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian top golfer Gavin Green adds another feather in his cap when he tees up in the European Tour’s season-ending US$8mil (RM32.58mil) Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow.

The 27-year-old will become the first Malaysian to play in the prestigious event, which features only the leading 65 players from the season-long Race to Dubai standings, since its inception in 1984.

By qualifying for the event itself, Gavin is already assured of pocketing around US$20,000 (RM81,000).

And with a staggering US$3mil (RM12.22mil) winner’s jackpot - the biggest single tournament winner’s prize in the sport up for grabs - surely Gavin has everything to play for.

Gavin said that being able to to make the exclusive field itself was already an achievement.

“I have set high expectation of myself but I did not deliver in the first two years. Now, I’m the first Malaysian to play in this meet, ” said Gavin, who made his full European Tour debut in 2018.

“It’s definitely a great honour to fly the Jalur Gemilang here and I hope to inspire some of the young ones that this is a great tour to play on.”

Gavin, who notched three top-10 finishes this season, is thrilled to be going up against the heavyweights such as American duo Patrick Reed and Collin Morikawa and England pair Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood.

“I’m excited to get going. Being here and earning my spot means that all of us have an equal chance of challenging for the honours, ” he said.

Gavin is also unfazed by his misfortune at last week’s Golf in Dubai Championship, which took place at the same venue but on a different course.

“Actually I played a lot better than my scores reflected last week, ” he said.

“Even though I missed the cut, I’m happy I got a chance to rest as I have been on the road for a long time now (he also played two tournaments in South Africa).

“It also gave me a chance to continue working on my swing for this week, ” he added.

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