Gavin Green looks ahead to Saudi International after colourful Dubai outing

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Sometimes in golf, things just don’t go your way. And sometimes, they just go left.

That’s what happened to Malaysian No 1 Gavin Green in the third round of of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday, where almost all his tee shots went … you guessed it … way left. The result was a colourful 11-over-par 83, his highest-ever 18-hole score as a professional.

Playing on his own in the final round, Gavin did well to card a two-under-par 70 thanks to five birdies against just one bogey over his last nine holes. However, he still wound up at the wrong end of the leaderboard among the golfers who made the halfway cut at Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis Course.

“It happens in golf. Off the tee was just killing me on Saturday; I just couldn’t control the ball and lost the swing,” shared Gavin.

“I had three unplayable balls, found one hazard, lost one ball and one even got stuck in a tree … it was the worst of days!

“After that I went to the range and had a chat with my coach. Worked on it for an hour and thankfully it was a better final round. A couple still went left off the tee but it wasn’t as bad and was still manageable. I’ve just got to keep working hard at it,” added the 27-year-old.

Gavin leaves for Saudi Arabia on Monday for the coming week’s Saudi International, where he finished joint third last year for his best performance of the 2020 season.

“I’m hoping for a good week! I have good memories over there; just got to make sure off the tee is solid and I’ll be good,” noted the 2017 Asian Tour No 1.

This is Gavin’s fourth successive season on the European Tour and follows a solid 2020 campaign when he finished a career-high 52nd on the Race To Dubai rankings.

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