Green holds head high in Selangor

Sun 23 Jun 2013

Green holds head high in Selangor

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, June 23: Highly rated Malaysian amateur Gavin Green ended his campaign at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters with his head held high after finishing equal sixth and earning plaudits for calling a penalty on himself on Sunday.
The 19-year-old was in title contention after turning in 34 with an eagle, two birdies and two bogeys at the RM1.2 million (approximately US$400,000) Asian Tour event before calling a ruling when his ball moved on the 11th green at Seri Selangor Golf Club.
“On 11, my tee shot was in the bunker and then I hit it out to about 10 feet. I addressed the ball and the ball moved backwards. Nobody saw it but I saw it myself. It was a penalty. There was no hesitation,” said Green.
“I mean I was pretty close up there on the first nine. I had a bad break on 10 when my ball ended behind a tree. On 11 my ball moved and I got penalized for that. Other than that, I played solid. I’m not pissed. It’s a good experience,” he added.
The one-stroke penalty took the winds from out of his sail as he settled for a two-over-par 73 and a four-day total of four-under-par 280, five shots behind winner Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand.
“It stopped the momentum a little. I tried to restart but that’s golf. It’s not too bad,” said Green.
Pariya, who was in the same group as Green, praised the young Malaysian. “I gave him a pat on the back and said that’s the true spirit of golf. I said if you didn’t call on yourself, no one would have known. What he did was commendable and in the true spirit of the game.”
The big-hitting amateur showed plenty of poise as he carried the Malaysian charge from the opening round and raised local cheers when he tied for the lead briefly on the outward nine. Despite missing out on becoming the fourth amateur player to win on the Asian Tour, the result will likely boost his chances of qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship in August.
“I played well all week. I can’t complain about that. I’ve got to practice more, practice more, especially on the short game. But I’m getting close to them (the pros),” he said.
Another Malaysian amateur Abel Tam (73) shared tied 36th place with Shaaban Hussin (73) on 289 while Danny Chia(74) was a further shot back in tied 39th.
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