Gavin Green gets set for long European trek to seal Tokyo Olympics spot

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Gavin Green is bracing himself for a long and taxing stretch of events from May to July as he seeks to cement his spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

The Malaysian No 1 has endured a rocky start to his 2021 European Tour campaign, with just two cuts made in five starts and a best finish so far of T41 in the Magical Kenya Open a few weeks back.

Now back in Malaysia and just out of quarantine, Gain noted that he will most probably swing back into action in late May with back-to-back events in Spain. This will be likely be followed by a multi-event trek across Europe, ending with the Scottish Open in early July or – if he plays his way in – the Open Championship at Royal St George’s on July 15-18.

“It’s very hard to plan playing schedules due to Covid-19, but it does look like the next trip out will be for two to three months.

“The Olympics is definitely one of my main goals this year, so I have to keep playing as much as I can and hopefully get some good results,” said the 27-year-old.

Gavin is currently in 54th place on the men’s Olympic golf rankings, where the top 60 on June 21 qualify for the event at Kasumigaseki Country Club on July 29 to August 1. He made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where he finished 45th.

Gavin stressed that he will be putting in some serious hours to get his game back on track. “There are a number of things to work on. I need to get my wedges dialed in and of course keep refining the swing. I’m getting it slowly but need more time,” he stressed.

In 2020, despite a wrist injury which necessitated a swing change, Gavin finished a career-high 52nd on the Race To Dubai rankings and also made it to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship for the first time. This year marks his fourth full season on the European Tour.

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