Two players at opposite ends of their careers – 42-year-old S. Murthy and 19-year-old amateur Gavin Kyle Green – are well-placed to chalk up strong finishes in the Maybank Malaysian Open, which has been reduced to 54 holes due to inclement weather.
When the third round was halted and subsequently abandoned at 4pm due to lightning at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Murthy was in 19th position on six-under-par after four holes while Green was joint 25th on five-under after 10 holes.
“Honestly, I was quite happy play was suspended. I finished 11 holes in the morning (second round) and I was one over after four holes,” said Murthy, who at age 42 is enjoying as new lease of life as a pro golfer. “Now I have time to think about my game and relax a bit. I still want to hit more fairways and make more putts. I’m not thinking about the title at all.
I want to do and try my best. I want to take things one shot at a time. It is going to be an interesting final round and I’m not too far from the leader,” added the burly Malaysian, whose best finish in the national Open came in 1999 when he tied for 56th.
Living up to his reputation as Malaysia’s great golfing hope, Green stayed on track for his target of a top-20 finish.
“I played well but just didn’t make many putts. I still want to finish in the top-20. If I can do that, it would help my amateur world ranking. I want to stay in the top-50 so that I get exempt into the US Amateur and all that. That’s what I’m aiming for. I’m 49th right now, so the higher up I finish here, the better for me,” said the 19-year-old talent.
“Only seven holes to play tomorrow so I aim to be more aggressive as there are not many holes left for me. We’ll see how it goes but I’m really enjoying the experience,” added Green, who is based in United States where he plays collegiate golf for the University of New Mexico.
The only other Malaysian to make the cut, Danny Chia, was two-over-par for his round and even par overall after nine holes, dropping three shots at the par four 17th hole (he started on the back nine).