Gavin Green’s runner-up paycheque of US$194,440 – the biggest of his young career – in the Hero Indian Open moved him up to fourth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with US$213,827 and has sealed his full card for next season.
The 23-year-old Malaysian talent was elated with his performance at the challenging DLF Golf & Country Club near New Delhi, highlighted by a tournament low seven-under-par 65 in the third round.
“I feel like Singapore, Myanmar and Maybank taught me a lot,” said Green of his first three starts on tour this season, where he made the cut but failed to perform over the weekend.
“It’s been a long road, I’ve come super far. From not having any status when I turned pro, played, six months on invites, went to Q-School and missed Q-School and then got onto the Asian Development Tour and finished second there. Now I’m here and I’m really thankful,”added the long-hitting youngster, whose previous best finish on the Asian Tour was tied sixth in the 2013 Selangor Masters while still an amateur.
Green, who had his father Gary on his bag this week, noted that he is still on a learning curve.
“Hopefully more of these will come, I was just thankful I was able to play in the final flight and perform decently and not just throw it away. It’s a huge thing for me and a big learning curve. It’s a huge improvement from my point of view as I’ve been struggling to play in the weekends. I just haven’t been able to finish it. To finish second in such a big event is a huge thing,” said Green, who has three wins on the Asian Development Tour.
Green moved 131 places up the Official World Golf Ranking and is now the top-ranked Malaysian in 234th place.
2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit ( Top 10 following the Hero Indian Open)
1. David LIPSKY (USA) – US$333,330
2. S.S.P CHAWRASIA (IND) – US$301,323
3. Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) – US$251,722
4. Gavin GREEN (MAS) – US$213,827
5. Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) – US$191,812
6. Carlos PIGEM (ESP) – US$166,450
7. Todd SINNOTT (AUS) – US$151,600
8. Anirban LAHIRI (IND) – US$145,150
9. Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) – US$113,781
10. Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) – US$93,105