Incheon, September 17: Malaysia’s Gavin Green came agonisingly close to winning his first Asian Tour title in the Shinhan Donghae Open , finishing as runner-up by just one stroke to Canada’s Richard T. Lee.
The 23-year-old Green closed with a 69 to finish on 10-under-par 274 at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club, while Lee stormed up the leaderboard with a final round 66 to claim his second Asian Tour title.
Leader by one stroke heading onto the final day, Green remained optimistic despite having to wait longer for his breakthrough on the Asian Tour. The Malaysian had several chances to force a playoff coming down the stretch but was unable to make the putts.
“Richard played well and you cannot do anything about that. I admit there was a little bit of pressure especially coming down the stretch. I had my chances on 16, 17 and 18 but that’s golf,” said Green, who now has three runner-up finishes on tour this season.
“I gave myself a chance, which is the most important. If you had told me I’ll be in second at the start of the week, I would say yes anytime,” added the long-hitting Malaysian, who picked up a cheque for more than US$116,000.
Lee’s win capped a remarkable comeback from injuries, where a dislocated shoulder and muscle spasms left without a win for three years. His resolve to win again saw him return to Korea early to practice at the venue for at least six times before the tournament got underway.
Another Malaysian, Ben Leong, finished joint 17th on three-under-par after a closing 70.
Leading Final Scores:
273 – Richard T. LEE (CAN) 68-71-68-66.
274 – Gavin GREEN (MAS) 68-67-70-69.
275 – Younghan SONG (KOR) 67-69-72-67, Scott VINCENT (ZIM) 69-73-65-68, Hyungseok SEO (KOR) 74-67-65-69.
276 – Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 68-71-69-68, Giwhan KIM (KOR) 70-67-69-70.
277 – Chan KIM (USA) 67-71-73-66, Sanghee LEE (KOR) 70-67-71-69.
278 – Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA) 68-73-68-69, Kyungnam KANG (KOR) 65-69-73-71, Jarin TODD (USA) 68-69-69-72.
279 – Junsung KIM (KOR) 65-69-75-70, Seungtaek LEE (KOR) 67-67-72-73.
280 – David LIPSKY (USA) 71-71-68-70, Keith HORNE (RSA) 68-72-69-71.
281 – Taewoo KIM 1468 (KOR) 71-68-74-68, Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 71-73-67-70, Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 74-70-67-70, Ben LEONG (MAS) 71-67-73-70, John Michael O’TOOLE (USA) 69-70-71-71, Eunshin PARK (KOR) 69-69-71-72.