Making his debut in the World Golf Championships and WGC-HSBC Champions, Malaysia’s Gavin Green fired a bogey-free 65 first round to share second place with Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat. They trail leader Brooks Koepka by one shot.
It was also Green’s lowest round on the PGA TOUR, bettering his previous best effort by one shot.
The 23-year-old Malaysian, who current leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit where he has won once and finished runner-up three times this season, was one of four players who was bogey-free in the opening round at Sheshan International Golf Club.
Green is making his sixth PGA TOUR start this week with his best finish being T61 at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia two weeks ago. He shot a first round 66 at the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Jeju island, South Korea for T2 position last week before finishing T67 in South Korea’s first ever PGA TOUR tournament.
“It’s my first time here and obviously my first WGC. The last couple of weeks, playing on the PGA TOUR, it’s a big difference for me. It takes a little getting used to,” said Green.
“But I’m just enjoying it, enjoying the moment and enjoying the opportunity, and just trying to play some good golf. I’ve been trying to maybe step on it a little bit more than I should maybe. I’m taking a different approach this time. Just going to try and enjoy my first WGC. Dad’s on the bag, so we’re just going to enjoy it and sticking to the game plan,” he added.