Gavin living dangerously in Abu Dhabi

PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 golfer Gavin Green (pic) is in danger of missing the cut after a first round effort of two-over 74 at the European Tour’s season-opening Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

Gavin, playing against golf’s biggest stars, struggled to stay in the game as he carded five bogeys against two birdies at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club to tie for 102nd spot yesterday.

Gavin certainly needs a lower score to get into the weekend play.

World No. 6 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland fired a flawless eight-under 64 to open up a one shot lead over nearest challenger Tyrrell Hatton of England.

It is the lowest round McIlroy has produced at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The US$8mil (RM32.37mil) showpiece stars as many as nine Major winners that include McIlroy, American Justin Thomas, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, Germany’s Martin Kaymer – a three-time winner of the event, and European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington of Ireland.

Gavin is no stranger to the tournament as this is his third appearance in as many years.

Gavin has never missed the cut in two previous outings. He came in tied-32nd in his debut and then improved it to tied-21st last year.

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