Rising Malaysian talent Gavin Green claimed his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title as a professional with a two-shot victory in in the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship.
The 22-year-old Green, who started the final round with a one-shot advantage, showed great resolve in getting the job done when he fired six birdies against a lone bogey for a closing 67 and a 19-under-par 269 total at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club’s Garden Course.
India’s Chikkarangappa S., who played with Green for all four rounds, piled the pressure on the Malaysian with an eagle-birdie on 16 and 17 but a bogey on the last dashed his hopes of a possible play-off as he settled for second place in the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) event.
2014 ADT Order of Merit winner Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand took third place following a 66 while compatriot Thammanoon Sriroj settled for fourth after returning with the day’s best score of 65.
Green, who turned professional last June, was overjoyed to make up for the heartbreak of the tournament’s last edition when he was pipped to the title by one shot after holding a five-shot lead heading into the final round.
“I was feeling the pressure, especially after Chikkarangappa eagled 16. I knew the scores were close but I just can’t let anything go. I kept to my momentum out there and I trusted myself a lot. I was nervous but I told myself to stay focused. I just played my own game. I told myself not to focus on the outcome but on the process,” Green said.
Green took home the winner’s prize purse of US$8,341 and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points courtesy of his victory, which was also his third win on the local PGM Tour which runs numerous co-sanctioned events with the ADT.
“I made an important par-save on 17 from 15-feet which gave me a bit of confidence heading into the last. I hit it close on 18 and made a four-footer for birdie there. Chikkarangappa played awesome. I guess I was more fortunate.
“This win means a lot to me. It has been a slow start for me this season but this win will definitely give me more confidence in future. I am very thankful for the great support this week. My friends and family have been very supportive. Even my grandmother is here today,” added Green.