Gavin's per­for­mance dips af­ter rain in­ter­rupted play

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

KUALA LUMPUR: New­ly­crowned Mer­curies Tai­wan Masters cham­pion Gavin Kyle Green was un­able to con­ceal his dis­ap­point­ment at the end of Day Two of the 2017 CIMB Clas­sic when he fin­ished in joint 55th po­si­tion with a two-day to­tal of even-par144.

Green did well on the first nine at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Bukit Kiara, shoot­ing two birdies, on the fifth and eighth, but his per­for­mance took a turn for the worse af­ter play was de­layed for al­most four hours due to rain and light­ning.

"It was very frus­trat­ing out there. No putts go­ing in and I could not do any­thing. I was los­ing pa­tience for sure, be­cause it's so an­noy­ing miss­ing putts. I was hit­ting it solid and giv­ing my­self a lot of looks, just not go­ing in.

"I think the greens kind of changed a lit­tle bit af­ter the rain, in terms of break and speed, which kind of messed us up be­cause the last few days we had re­ally nice greens. I mean they're still nice, but they're not as fast," he told reporters yes­ter­day.

Af­ter com­plet­ing yes­ter­day's round, Green is tied in 55th place with five oth­ers in­clud­ing 2015 PGA Tour Bar­ba­sol cham­pion, Amer­i­can Scott Piercy and 2017 PGA Tour Bar­racuda cham­pion, Amer­i­can Chris Stroud.

Green, who cur­rently leads the Or­der of Merit of the Asian Tour, ac­knowl­edged that yes­ter­day's poor per­for­mance should be re­solved by to­day in or­der to im­prove his over­all po­si­tion.

"I think some­thing is not right with the put­ting, I don't know what it is. I have got to fig­ure it out be­fore to­day.

"I'm not sure whether it's where I'm aim­ing or whether it's line read­ing. But hope­fully I can fig­ure it out be­cause I'm hit­ting it good, just need some putts to drop," he said.

Mean­while, com­pa­tri­ots, Danny Chia and Ni­co­las Fung set­tled in joint 61st place also with five oth­ers af­ter scor­ing a to­tal of oneover-par 145. - Ber­nama

— AFP photo

Gavin Kyle Green of Malaysia lines up a putt on the 18th green dur­ing the first round of the 2017 CIMB Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment in Kuala Lumpur on Oc­to­ber 12, 2017.

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