Green goes red with impressive 68

Fri 06 Feb 2015

Green goes red with impressive 68

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Kuala Lumpur, February 6: Malaysia’s top amateur golfer Gavin Green continued to give a glimpse of his prodigious talent when he fired an impressive four-under-par 68 to join four other Malaysians in the weekend rounds of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The 21-year-old Green, who is into his final year at the University of New Mexico, sank seven birdies during the second round at a sun-kissed Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course on Friday to move up to tied 21st place on two-under-par 142, some nine shots behind co-leaders Lee Westwood and Alejandro Canizares.
Danny Chia of Malaysia Danny Chia of Malaysia
Danny Chia, one off the lead after day one, fought back from a poor start to sign for a 74 and a 141 total which placed him tied 16th in the US$3 million championship sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Young talent Nicholas Fung carded his second straight 71 for a share of 21st place while Sukree Othman will head into the weekend rounds in equal 41st position following a 71 as well. R. Nachimuthu battled to a 72 for tied 53rd place on 145 as 17 other Malaysians missed the halfway cut set at 146.
Long-hitting Green, who won an Asian Development Tour title by 11 shots last season, overcame a bout of fever to haul himself back into the Maybank Malaysian Open where he finished tied 22nd in 2013 and was joint 47th last year.
“I made bogey on one but that’s fine. Usually my best rounds come when I bogey the first hole. I birdied the two par fives and hit a good one on six and eight. I was even then after I told myself that ‘we are good’,” said Green.
“I wanted to stay patient and that’s what I did. I was in trouble a couple of times but got myself out of trouble. I birdied 18 from 20 feet which was nice. The gallery was great. I’m just glad I made the weekend after my opening round. I’ve been sick the last couple of days. I was dizzy at the start of round one. I wasn’t there a 100% unlike today and that was the difference.”
He plans to use his big-hitting game to good effect in his hopes to climb up the leaderboard. “I’ll try to go low. Nothing will stop me now. I birdied all the par fives today so I’ll try and do that tomorrow. I was looking at the cut line for a little while but I’ve played on this golf course before and as long as I can hit my shots on the fairway, I will have a chance,” he said.
Three bogeys in his first six holes dampened Chia’s hopes of staying in touch with the leaders but he fought back with two birdies against another dropped shot.
“I wasn’t hitting bad shots but my putting was off. I didn’t get the speed right and I missed a lot of makeable putts,” said the 42-year-old, who is Malaysia’s first winner on the Asian Tour.
“I’m not thinking about winning or making the cut. Those are the sort of things which I don’t want to think about. I fought back quite well.”
He was delighted to see five Malaysians making it into the weekend rounds in their national Open, which is celebrating its 54th edition. Maybank is also celebrating its 10th year as title sponsor.
Chia credited the importance of the PGM Tour’s collaboration with the Asian Development for giving a boost to the local golfers. “I’ve seen a lot of them improving. One of the big factors is the Asian Development Tour. A lot of our boys realise now that they can’t shoot the scores that they used to shoot and make a living. They know they need to push their game to the next level,” he said.
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being recognised as Number One and Two top golf courses in Malaysia for 2014 by US Golf Digest, voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in  sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.  We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment), Astro (Official Satellite TV), Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (Official Car), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview Golf (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).