Nervy Green Keeps His Focus

Gavin Green triumphed at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship. Picture by Arep Kulal/PGM Tour/Asian Tour Development
Gavin Green triumphed at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship. Picture by Arep Kulal/PGM Tour/Asian Tour Development

Shah Alam, Malaysia: Gavin Green claimed his maiden professional victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) after closing with a five-under-par 67 at the RM200,000 (about US$46,600) PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship.

The 22-year-old Malaysian, who started the final round with a one-shot advantage, showed great resolve in getting the job done when he fired six birdies against a lone bogey to win by two shots with a 19-under 269 total at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club’s Garden Course.

Indian Chikkarangappa, who played with Green for all four rounds, piled on the pressure with an eagle-birdie burst on 16 and 17 but a bogey on the last dashed his hopes of a possible play-off as he settled for second place.

Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert, the 2014 ADT Order of Merit winner, was third following a 66 while compatriot Thammanoon Sriroj settled for fourth after returning with the day’s best score of 65.

Green, who turned professional last June, was overjoyed to make up for the heartbreak of the tournament’s last edition when he was pipped to the title by one shot after holding a five-shot lead heading into the final round.

“I was feeling the pressure, especially after Chikkarangappa eagled 16. I knew the scores were close but I just can’t let anything go. I kept my momentum out there and I trusted myself. I was nervous but I told myself to stay focused. I just played my own game. I told myself not to focus on the outcome but on the process,” Green said.

Green took home the winner’s prize purse of US$8,341 and receives six Official World Golf Ranking points courtesy of his victory, his second title on the ADT. The previous success in 2014 came while he was still an amateur.

“I made an important par-save on 17 from 15 feet which gave me a bit of confidence heading into the last. I hit it close on 18 and made a four-footer for birdie there. Chikkarangappa played awesome. I guess I was more fortunate.

“This win means a lot to me. It has been a slow start for me this season but this win will definitely give me more confidence. I am thankful for the great support this week. My friends and family have been very supportive. Even my grandmother is here,” said Green.

Chikkarangappa took the defeat in his stride as he was left to rue a missed opportunity to secure a third ADT title and a first outside of India.

“I didn’t get off to a good start. The putter was cold, especially on the front nine. But I got some momentum back after making birdies on 11 and 14. I sank a 20-footer eagle putt on 16 after punching my rescue from about 255 yards and I went on to birdie 17. That gave me a lot of confidence but unfortunately I didn’t finish well,” said the 22-year-old.

“It was still a fantastic week for me, especially playing with new clubs in the bag. I am taking a lot of positives from this week.” 

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