Malaysia’s Gavin Green will make his professional debut this week in the Asian Development Tour’s PGM Rahman Putra Championship. Co-sanctioned with the local PGM Tour, the tournament tees off on Wednesday at Kelab Rahman Putra Malaysia.
Green won the 2014-15 Mountain West Player of The Year award and was one of 10 semifinalists for the coveted Ben Hogan award, presented annually to the best collegiate golfer in the United States. He was also named to the Ping All-American first team.
The long-hitting youngster won the 2014 PGM Vascory Classic on the Asian Development Tour by a record 11 strokes and is widely-tipped to be Malaysia’s next great golfing star.
“I’ve completed my college career in the United States. The plan to turn professional was always in the pipeline. Playing as an amateur before and as a professional now definitely requires a change in mindset and I will take some time to get used to it,” said Green.
“Winning on the ADT last year helped a lot with my confidence but I was playing as an amateur back then. I am sure playing as a professional will be different. Right now, I will just focus on these next two weeks and try to play in whichever events that I can get starts in.
“Rahman Putra is a tough course with a couple of blind holes, so I just have to be very patient. I’m currently working on parts of my game. I haven’t played competitive golf for the last three weeks so I am just trying to get back into the groove of things. Right now, I just want to stay patient and positive,” added Green, who has signed up with Excel Sports Management which manages sporting celebrities such as Tiger Woods. Woods’ manager Mark Steinberg will help oversee Green’s professional career.
Green has also received a sponsor’s exemption into next week’s Queen’s Cup in Koh Samui, Thailand, which is a US$300,000 Asian Tour tournament. His best result on the Asian Tour was recorded at the 2013 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters where he finished tied sixth. Green has also finished inside the top-50 at the last three Maybank Malaysian Opens, an event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.