Green’s Delhi heroics seal Asian Tour card for 2018

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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.

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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

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