Gallant Gavin has victory in sight

Sat 22 Jun 2013

Gallant Gavin has victory in sight

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, June 22: Big-hitting Malaysian amateur Gavin Green birdied the last hole for a one-under-par 70 to remain firmly in contention at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Saturday.
After turning in 38, Green battled back with five birdies and a double bogey on his back nine at Seri Selangor Golf Club to end the day on six-under-par 207, two shots behind leader Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand in the RM1.2 million (approximately US$400,000) Asian Tour event.
“I didn’t get the best of starts but I kind of stayed patient. Got to three over through four but birdied five and six but bogeyed seven and then closed out the front nine in two over,” said the 19-year-old Green.
“I tried to push it a bit more on the back nine and made birdies on 11, 12, 14, 16 and 18. But I made a double on 17. I thought it was a good drive there but just bad luck that it ended up in the slope,” he added.
Green has led the Malaysian challenge since day one and is hoping to seal the victory and become only the fourth amateur to win on the Asian Tour. A good result will also likely earn him a spot at the U.S. Amateur Championship in August.
“I’ve got to keep to the same game plan again. If I have to go for it, I’ll do so on the back nine. But I’ll need a better start. Just need to stay patient throughout,” he said.
Green’s battling performance earned praises from Pariya, who has led in the tournament for the last three days.
“Gavin is a good player. This is the first time I’m playing with him. He didn’t start well but he came back really strong. Hats off to him,” said the Thai, who is looking for a second Asian Tour victory since 2010.
Shaaban Hussin and Malaysian amateur Abel Tam shot matching 74s to share 34th position with Danny Chia, who returned with a 69 on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its 10th season this year.
Worldwide Holdings, a 100 per cent subsidiary of PKNS – the development arm of the state of Selangor – will title sponsor the Selangor Masters for the sixth successive year. The state-linked company has an impressive portfolio of businesses which include property development and investment, environmental management services and investment holding in Selangor.
The weekend rounds of the tournament will be telecast live on the Asian Tour’s global platform which reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.
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