Green dumps woods for one-iron in Taipei

Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour

Taipei, April 25: Malaysian No 1 Gavin Green hopes course knowledge and his one-iron will lead him to a first Asian Tour title at the Yeangder Heritage, which starts at National Golf Country Club on Thursday.

Green has enjoyed good results at the course with a sixth place finish in 2015 and joint 12th last year in Asian Development Tour (ADT) events. The big-hitting Malaysian hopes to tame the blustery conditions by replacing his woods with a one-iron, the first time he has done so since turning professional in 2015.

“Today was perfect weather but it will be an entirely different golf course when the wind picks up. I didn’t bring enough clubs to suit the golf course in the past but this year I took out all my woods and put in my one-iron,” said Green, who is currently fifth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit which makes him the highest-ranked player in the field.

“My three-wood gets a little too high and it is tough to control it in the wind. Right before I left, I was thinking that I should put my one-iron in the bag and I did it straight away” he added. “It has been a long time since I put a one-iron in the bag. The last time I did that was probably before turning professional!

“The experience of playing here before certainly helps. If the wind picks up, you need to hit it a lot lower. But you can’t hit it too low at the same time because the course is soft so you need to mix it up a bit. I tested it out today and I felt comfortable. You need to stay patient.”

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