Gavin shines among lo­cal chal­lengers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GAVIN Kyle Green emerged as the best per­form­ing Malaysian af­ter two rounds in the CIMB Clas­sic at TPC Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

The 23-year-old recorded a par 71 in the rain-in­ter­rupted sec­ond round for a to­tal of one-un­der­par 144.

He is now in joint 55th with Scott Piercy, Chris Stroud and Charles How­ell III of the United States along with Gra­ham Delaet and Nick Tay­lor of Canada.

Gavin, who won the re­cent Tai­wan Mas­ters, birdied the fifth, eighth and 13th holes, but bo­geyed on the 12th, 16th and 17th.

“A solid round to­day...just a cou­ple of missed clubs and a cou­ple of missed putts,” said Gavin yes­ter­day.

“It was frus­trat­ing with the putts. I lost pa­tience as it is al­ways an­noy­ing to miss putts...just one of those bad days.

Gavin, who leads the Asian Tour Or­der of Merit, said the rain in­ter­rup­tion did not af­fect his mo­men­tum yes­ter­day.

“It’s just a lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence, it’s okay. Hope­fully, it will come at some point in this tour­na­ment,” he said.

Gavin ad­mit­ted that he needs to tweak his weak­nesses, es­pe­cially in putting, in the third round to­day.

“I’ve got to fig­ure it out be­fore I start my round to­mor­row. I am hit­ting good but slightly off with the putts,” Gavin added.

Danny Chia, who emerged as the best Malaysian in the first round with a three-over-par 75, played to an ag­gre­gate of oneover-par 145 over two days.

The vet­eran is in 61st spot with six other golfers in­clud­ing team­mate Ni­cholas Fung.

Ni­cholas shot a one-over to close his day with a 73. Farah Azharie and Sai­ful Affendy Sapran

Gavin Kyle Green

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