Fiji, August 18: Malaysia’s Gavin Green carded a second round 69 to jointly hold the halfway lead with three other golfers in the Fiji International at Natadola Bay.
Green drained three birdies in a blemish-free round to top the leaderboard on seven-under-par 137 with New Zealander Daniel Pearce and Australians Jason Norris and Scott Hend heading into the weekend. The A$1.5 million tournament is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“I played pretty solid today. I didn’t make as many putts as yesterday but it was solid overall. I stayed really patient out there in the windy conditions. I had to grind on a couple of holes. I hit a bunch of one-irons today and a couple of drivers again. I was just trying to hit the fairways and the greens the last two days, sticking to my game plan,” said Green.
“I am in a good position right now. I will stick to the same game plan, nothing changes … it’s working for me so far. I will try and keep it on the fairways and get it close on the greens. Hopefully I can make some putts over the weekend too,” added the 23-year-old.
With three top-10s this season including two runner-up finishes in India and Taiwan, the long-hitting Green currently lies in fourth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. He has won three times on the Asian Development Tour but has yet to claim an Asian Tour title.
“There are a lot of good players out there. Pearce, Norries and Hend are up there on the leaderboard as well. They are all really good players. It’s going to be a good week,” noted Green.
Leading Round 2 Scores:
137 – Daniel Pearce (NZL) 66-71, Jason Norris (AUS) 69-68, Scott Hend (AUS) 71-66, Gavin Green (MAS) 68-69
139 – Adam Bland (AUS) 68-71, David McKenzie (AUS) 68-71, Peter Wilson (AUS) 68-71
140 – Chris Gaunt (AUS) 70-70, Wade Ormsby (AUS) 69-71, Harry Bateman (NZL) 74-66, Stephen Leaney (AUS) 71-69