Gavin treasures Maybank Malaysian Open experience

Promising Malaysian amateur Gavin Kyle Green hopes to build on his superb performance in the Maybank Malaysian Open, saying that the experience has taken his confidence level up a notch.

Green with Malaysian Deputy PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Green with Malaysian Deputy PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

“It gives me good confidence. It tells me that I can play with the professionals. I still have two years in college and then we will see what happens,” said Green, who is in his sophomore year at the University of New Mexico.

The 19-year-old talent was the leading Malaysian in the joint Asian Tour and European Tour event, carding rounds of 73, 68 and 69 for a joint 22nd finish on six-under-par.

“It is a good week for me. I only expected to make the cut. Other than that, it was good. I wish we could have four rounds. That would have been better for me. But this is still good. I’m proud with myself,” he said.

“The gallery was impressive. I didn’t expect so many people and I really want to thank them for coming out. That was pretty different for me. That was nice,” added Green, who was the first Malaysian amateur in 10 years to make the halfway cut.

Green was rewarded with the best Malaysian trophy at yesterday’s prize giving ceremony and was praised by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who predicted a bright future for him.

“I think he is a good player and is the next big hope for Malaysian golf. He might very well be our future Maybank Malaysian Open winner and the next Malaysian Tiger Woods,” said Muhyiddin.

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