PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top golfer Gavin Green is back in the groove by finishing joint-24th at the €3mil (RM14.76mil) Italian Open for his best result on the European Tour this season.
The 27-year-old carded an even-par 71 at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome on Sunday to finish on five-under 279 – eight shots behind winner Nicolai Hojgaard.
The Dane carded a level-par final round of 71 to finish on 13-under for the tournament.
Gavin’s finish marked his best result in his three appearance at the Italian capital. He missed the cut in 2019 and managed only a joint-74th in his debut in 2018.
Sunday’s strong effort also handed Gavin a financial boost after pocketing his biggest payout this year – a cool €30,629 (RM150,732).
More crucially, Gavin was able to climb 23 rungs to No. 199 in the Race to Dubai rankings to boost his chance of retaining his Tour card for next season.
The provisional cut is the top 126 and Gavin still has a lot to play for with six events remaining in the regular season schedule.
Gavin has not had the best of season, missing 13 cuts in 18 appearances. But buoyed by two successive creditable outings, including a tied-32nd at the European Masters, Gavin will head into his next stop – the BMW Championship – aiming for another huge finish.
The US$9.5mil (RM39.37mil) event will begin on Thursday at the Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England.