Gavin hop­ing to be third time lucky

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IT could be third time lucky for Malaysian No 1 golfer Gavin Kyle Green as he tries his luck to qual­ify for the US Open Cham­pi­onship in Wis­con­sin on June 12-18.

When Gavin was play­ing col­le­giate golf in the US for the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico, the 23year-old tried twice and came close three years ago as he only missed out by one stroke.

“I know what to ex­pect and what to do but there are good play­ers. How­ever, I’m go­ing to try,” said Gavin.

After emerg­ing run­ner-up at last week­end’s Yeangder Her­itage in Tai­wan, where he fin­ished two strokes be­hind win­ner In­dia’s Shiv Ka­pur and the Hero In­dian Open in March, Gavin knows that it’s his emo­tions that he needs to keep in check if he is to suc­ceed.

“My sea­son is go­ing well, I’m play­ing solid and it’s a big learn­ing curve for me, es­pe­cially after Sin­ga­pore was a big melt­down. Well not a melt­down but it was un­com­fort­able for me.”

“But play­ing in Hero and Yeangder helped me where I just did my best and I know I can to con­trol my emo­tions.”

Gavin will return to ac­tion in the Thai­land Open on May 18-21 on the Asian Tour as he waits for the op­por­tu­nity to work closer with the Euro­pean Tour on a deal he is not at lib­erty to dis­cuss yet.

“I al­ready got my card for the Asian Tour, that was the ul­ti­mate tar­get this year but I might do some­thing with Europe, maybe, and am look­ing around to see what we can do.”

As for now, Gavin is still wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion on the US Open qual­i­fiers but will spend two weeks at home as he takes a break from golf.

“Last year, I played 30-over events which are a lot be­cause of Rio (Olympics 2016) and all, so I had a packed sched­ule and I was trav­el­ling ev­ery week.

“Now, I fi­nally have time to rest and do other stuff and it’s been nice.” Farah Azharie

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