KUALA LUMPUR: Gavin Kyle Green finished just outside of the top-ten at the €1.5 million Scandinavian Invitational in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Malaysian number one put himself firmly in contention with opening rounds of 66 and 67 to stay within four shots of the lead.
Green ran into some trouble on moving day but showed real composure to rally deep and give himself a fighting chance on Sunday. Six-over after 11 holes, the former national brought it back to one-over with three birdies and an eagle on the 18th hole at the Hills Golf & Sport Club.
He closed his campaign with a polished 65 for a 11-under 269 overall and a share of 16th placing with three others, netting €19,838.
Green moves up two places to 58th on the Race to Dubai Rankings.
Further up the leaderboard, Erik van Rooyen birdied the last to overcome Matthew Fitzpatrick in a thrilling final day battle to win his first European Tour title on 19-under-par.
Fitzpatrick – the 2016 champion – was tenacious in producing a birdie-birdie finish in a 64 and when Van Rooyen bogeyed the 17th, the players were tied at 18-under.
But the 29-year-old made a gutsy closing birdie from 15 feet on the par five last to match Fitzpatrick’s 64 and finish one clear.