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Green maintains lead in Asian Tour Merit race heading into home stretch

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Malaysia’s Gavin Green continues to lead the Asian Tour Order of Merit (OOM) despite a disappointing outing in the UBS Hong Kong Open over the weekend.

Green finished T62 in Hong Kong to pick up a cheque for US$5,200 and take his season’s tally to US$572,536 from 15 events. American David Lipsky is second with US$461,179 while Australia’s Scott Hend lies third with US$439,229.

India’s SSP Chawrasia, who led in Hong Kong after 54 holes, could have taken over the top spot with a win. However, he settled for a T7 finish and picked up US$51,600 to maintain fourth place in the OOM with US$429,978.

Four events remain on the 2017 Asian Tour schedule – this week’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open with a €1 million total purse (approx. US$1.07 million) and concurrent Asian Golf Championship in China (US$350,000), followed by the Joburg Open in South Africa (Dec 7-10 / R16.5 million or approx. US$1.2 million) and season-ending Indonesian Masters at Royale Jakarta (Dec 14-17 / US$750,000).

“I’m not very happy with the weekend but it’s part of golf, I guess. You play some good weeks and you have some bad weeks,” said Green, 23. “I’ll just move on to the next event in Mauritius. I’m going to do my best in the last few events and try to finish strong.”

Asian Tour Order of Merit (top 10 at Nov 26 after UBS Hong Kong Open)

  1. Gavin GREEN (MAS) – US$572,536
  2. David LIPSKY (USA) – US$461,179
  3. Scott HEND (AUS) – US$439,229
  4. S.S.P CHAWRASIA (IND) – US$429,978
  5. Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) – US$358,352
  6. Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) – US$326,678
  7. Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) – US$305,925
  8. Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) – US$284,489
  9. Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) – US$272,308
  10. Micah Lauren SHIN (USA) – US$269,838

Selected

27. Nicholas FUNG (MAS) – US$150,992
39. Ben LEONG (MAS) – US$103,131
41. Danny CHIA (MAS) – US$93,755


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