World ranking boost for Green after Taipei finish

Gavin Kyle Green ©Mike Casper|The ClubHouse

KUALA LUMPUR: Gavin Kyle Green is growing in confidence that a breakthrough victory will eventually come on the Asian Tour as long as he keeps knocking on the door.

The 23-year-old finished runner-up for the second time in two months at last week’s inaugural Yeangder Heritage in Chinese Taipei – a result which moved him up one rung to fourth place on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit with US$239,777.

The long-hitting Malaysian has been one of the season’s revelations, establishing himself with some stellar displays which include a second place outing at the Hero Indian Open in March.

Green, who holds three Asian Development Tour (ADT) wins, finished two shots behind winner Shiv Kapur of India and left Taipei with his confidence further boosted. He plans to keep his foot on the pedal in his search for a breakthrough Asian Tour triumph.

“There’s nothing to be disappointed about. Not at all,” said Green, who has also risen to 198th position on the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

“Shiv played well. He has experience and he’s been there before. I’m happy with the way I handled the pressure in the final group. I had a lot of fun playing with Miguel (Tabuena) and Yikeun (Chang). We were all feeding off from each other. There’s nothing to be disappointed with a second-place result.

“All you can do is learn. I played with Shiv in the third round and he hit the ball really good. If I keep knocking on the door, sooner or later it will open. I will keep going, keep practising and hopefully I will win a big one.”

Green graduated from the University of New Mexico and cut his professional teeth on the ADT last year where he finished second on the Order of Merit to earn his card on the Asian Tour. In 2014, he became the first amateur golfer to win an ADT title.