Gavin stays the course

Gavin Kyle Green ©Azmizan Nordin|TCH

KUALA LUMPUR: Gavin Kyle Green salvaged his round with two late birdies to remain in red numbers at the halfway point of the CIMB Classic on Friday.

Despite struggling with a cold putter, the rising Malaysian star stayed patient to trade four birdies with three bogeys to sign for a second consecutive 71 at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

It left Green in a share for 46th alongside eight others including two-time Major champion Ernie Els on two-under 142.

The country’s other representative Danny Chia endured another day to forget in the office, returning with a poor 76 to lie at the wrong end of the leaderboard on 11-over.

Green, who made his PGA Tour debut at the Safeway Classic last week, was pleased with his performance but felt that a couple more putts could have dropped.

“I hit 17 out of 18 greens but putted horrendously! I just couldn’t get the putts started on the line. But thankfully, a couple of putts dropped for me at the end and managed to go two-under in my last three holes,” said the 22-year-old.

Starting on the tenth tee, Green got off to a brilliant start with birdies on tenth and 16th before dropping three bogeys in four holes around the turn. It left him a little rattled but he bounced back with back-to-back gains on holes seven and eight.

“I three-putted from 15 feet on the tenth and it kind of shook me a little bit. My distance control has not been very good this week and I think that’s something that I have to work on. I’m hitting it good, just need to keep staying patient and hopefully, some putts will drop for me,” noted Green.

The three-time Asian Development Tour winner added that he aims to continue his attacking game plan into the weekend as he eyes a big payday in the US$7 million tournament.

“I just have to make as much birdies as I can. Obviously it’s a big event and I really want to do well. I’m just going to attack, attack and make as much gains as I can but at the same time, stay smart out there,” he shared.