Korea, October 18: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Gavin Green will use a new putter at the inaugural The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in hopes that it will turn his fortunes around.
The young Malaysian, who won his first Asian Tour title three weeks ago, finished in a share of 61st position at the CIMB Classic on home soil last week.
Green was clearly disappointed with the result and has switched to a new flat stick when he represents the Asian Tour in the new PGA Tour event in Jeju Island in Korea.
“The game is feeling better. I’m switching putter this week, just to change things up a little bit. I struggled with the putter last week (at the CIMB Classic) so hoping for the same long game approach, be a bit more aggressive especially with the par fives this week and hopefully make some putts.
“Last week, my expectation was high. I’ve played the course so many times which may not be the best thing in the world as you expect more from yourself. And when it doesn’t happen on the course, you get ticked off. I was very hard on myself. I hate losing, I hate not doing well but it’s a learning experience for me. This week won’t be the same and my expectations won’t be as crazy here,” said Green.
He believes the experience of playing with Major champion Justin Thomas and last season’s PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele in the opening two rounds of the CIMB Classic will help his career in the long-run.
“I know that I must become sharper from 100 yards in. They are very strong in that area, that’s something that I need to work on. Talking to Justin, just talking to him about his wins and being Player of the Year and talking to Xander whom I’ve known since my college days, it’s nice to see them doing well and I know I can be like them. That’s motivation for me.
“I’m sticking to my route, trying to get my stepping stones a bit stronger before I move on to the next level. It’s still all about the learning for me,” Green added.
Anirban Lahiri, the 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, will miss the Diwali celebrations in India but that will not stop him from lighting up the golf course this week.
“It’s Diwali back home today. I won’t be doing anything different here but will call back home and speak to the family a bit longer. Obviously it’s a special day back home, it’s a big festival My wife is with her parents and my folks are back home as well. It’s a nice special happy week for all of us. It’s a good note for me to carry into tomorrow and hopefully I will carry all those positive vibes with me throughout the week.
“It’s the Festival of Lights. We usually have a lot of fireworks back home although we’re trying to cut down on it to try to be more environmentally aware which is a good move. There’s no stopping fireworks on the golf course though, so why not try that,” Lahiri smiled.
Asian Tour honorary member K.J. Choi will also be in the elite field. “This event will push Korean golf one step ahead. I also think that a lot of players are ready to take on the PGA Tour in terms of their physical conditions, their mentality and their technique. I am quite optimistic that Asian players, including Korean players, will keep knocking on the PGA’s door.”
Other Asian Tour members vying for honours include Younghan Song, who qualified as the highest ranked Korean on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, K.T. Kim, former Asian Tour number one Noh Seung-yul and Jeunghun Wang.