No better and bigger stage for Gavin to arrest his recent slump

Gavin Green is all smiles after getting the first taste of the Kasumigaseki Country Club during Sunday's practice round - pix by Malaysian Golf Association

PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 golfer Gavin Green has insisted that winning an Olympics medal is not a distant dream although his current form may have suggested otherwise.

For a struggling player who has made just three cuts in 14 starts this season, Gavin certainly doesn’t look like contending for podium when the men’s competition gets underway at the Kasumigaseki Country Club from Thursday.

But being a European Tour regular who competes week in, week out against a top playing field, Gavin believes he must go into every tournament with an intention to compete.

And the Tokyo Olympics is no exception.

“Of course, I dream about it (winning a medal),” said Gavin, who came in 47th in his debut in Rio 2016.

“I just keep telling myself if I can play well and things click, anything can happen.

“In Rio, it was more of an experience of being there. Now I want to compete. My mindset will be different.”

Gavin was lost for words on the cause for his slump this year, especially after enjoying a stellar season on the European Tour last year, but he has vowed to use the Tokyo Olympics to get things back on track for him.

“I don’t know what happened. Starting this year, it deteriorated bit by bit,” he explained.

“I don’t think I’ve gone through something like this before.

“My game was always about getting better every year. It’s a new experience and a learning curve for sure.

“Once I get myself out of this slump, then I’ll know what to do the next time. All top players go through this.”

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