Gavin off to great start as Kelly is blown off course

In full swing: Gavin finished joint ninth after the first round of the World Tour Championship.

PETALING JAYA: Debutant Gavin Green displayed nerves of steel to shoot a two-under 70 in the European Tour’s season-ending US$8mil (RM32.58mil) World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Malaysian No. 1 finished the first round on Thursday in joint ninth together with Lee Westwood (Bri), Callum Shinkwin (Bri), Garrick Higgo (Rsa), Sean Crocker (US), Patrick Reed (US), Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Henrik Stenson (Swe) and Jazz Janewattananond (Tha).

The 27-year-old Gavin is 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.

France’s Victor Perez carded a five-under 67 to take a one-shot lead in the first round while England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, South African Erik Van Rooyen and Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre were tied for second, at four-under 68.

Meanwhile, another Malaysian Kelly Tan risk missing the cut at the US Womens’ Open after she finished 89th in the first round, after carding a four-over 75.

To qualify for the third round, the 27-year-old will need to bounce back at the halfway stage as only the top 60 would advance at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

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