Green cruising for glory in Fiji

Gavin Green and Panuphol Pittayarat. Photo courtesy of Fiji International

Fiji, August 16: Malaysia’s rising star Gavin Green will be hunting for more success when he tees up in this week’s Fiji International at Natadola Bay.

Having enjoyed a relaxing sunset cruise in Fiji on Monday, the 23-year-old believes he is ready for the challenge at the A$1.5 million (approximately US$1.14 million) event which is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. Green has enjoyed a standout season so far, claiming three top-10s including two runner-up finishes in India and Chinese Taipei, to sit in fourth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

The young Malaysian is wary of the blustery conditions at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, which bared its teeth with swirling winds of up to 20km/h in the pro-am.

“The course is easy without the wind but with the wind, it can be quite a beast! I think you need to be a good ball striker to get your way around here. It’s tight off the tee, especially when the wind comes, and it can get pretty tough,” said Green.

“It will be a good test. It’s a fair course. The long hitters have an advantage as they can hit it far, if they want to hit it into a tighter spot. But if they don’t want to, they can always lay-up. If you take the chance, you will be rewarded. I like it. It’s a course that you have to think around well,” he added.

Photo courtesy of Fiji International

Green was invited by Tourism Fiji for the cruise on Monday alongside Ben Campbell of New Zealand, Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand and American Casey O’Toole. They sailed out to Malamala Island for a swim stop as well as some jet ski fun.

“The boat trip on Monday was really fun. It’s been a long time since I last got on a jet ski! It’s nice because it gets you away from golf,” said Green.

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