Malaysian golfer Gavin Kyle Green recorded his maiden Asian Tour victory after shooting a 71 at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters for a four-day combined aggregate of nine-under-par 279. Despite three-bogeys on the last day, Gavin’s consistent play of 67-70-71-71 was enough for a two-stroke lead over Brazilian Adilson Da Silva, Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent, Keith Horne of South Africa and Filipino Juvic Pagunsan, who all shared second.
The 24-year-old earned a hefty US$160,000 chunk of the US$800,000 prize purse on offer in Taiwan. This puts him in the lead on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with US$527,346, a difference of US$110,417 from Australia’s Scott Hend, who is in second place.
Green, 23, said his thoughts were with his grandfather, who passed away after he finished second at a tournament in South Korea earlier this year.
“The defeat in Korea was hard on me. I was trying so hard but this is the game of golf. You can’t force it. He really wanted to see me win and I really tried to win it for him in Korea. I didn’t and he passed away. It was tough because he was in Malaysia. I think his death pushed me to try harder and win. He was definitely with me today.”
Next on the Asian Tour calendar is the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei on Oct 5-8.