KUALA LUMPUR: High-level competition can certainly bring out the best in a sportsperson or at least, sharpen him into a better one.
Gavin Green of Malaysia recently concluded an intense three-week swing that brought him to the CIMB Classic, the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges and the HSBC-WGC Champions and finished the tournaments credibly in tied-61st, tied-67th and tied-38th respectively.
Highlights of the young Malaysian include opening rounds of six-under-par 66 at the CJ Cup and 65 at the HSBC-WGC Champions, proving that he has the skills to match up with the best golfers in the world.
While on the three-week swing, Green played alongside the elite such as 2017 PGA Championship winner, Justin Thomas as well as 13-time European Tour winner, Paul Casey. The experience and competition will surely help him improve his game even further.
“Yes, three really good learning weeks,” he said, after the final round of the HSBC-WGC Champions. “I’m still learning obviously. It was tough out there. I played well a couple of days and then struggled for the next two days. I think I’ve got to learn to get four good rounds, or at least three good rounds.”
“I’ve really shown myself that over the whole three weeks, as it progressed, I’ve become better and better. Like I said, I think it’s just all a bit of experience and a bit of getting used to,” he added.
Green will be taking a one-week break before heading to the Philippines for the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
A good result there will bolster his chances of winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit (OOM) that he currently leads.