Patience hard to come by for Gavin

Gavin Kyle Green ©Azmizan Nordin|TCH

KUALA LUMPUR: Moving day proved a frustrating exercise for Gavin Kyle Green, who carded a three-over 75 to tumble down the leaderboard at the CIMB Classic on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Malaysian hope totalled one-over 217 to sit in a three-way tie for 70th at TPC Kuala Lumpur on a day when in his own words “he failed to get anything going.”

Green admitted that it was difficult to stay patient as he signed for a card containing three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

“It was tough. I struggled the whole day. I definitely tried to push a little bit because I’m trying to make a charge. But when you overtry it, this is what happens. One of those days I guess,” he shared.

The second-year professional credited the calming influence of his playing partner Ernie Els – a two-time Major champion as he continues to find his feet competing alongside some of the world’s finest golfers in the US$7 million field.

“Ernie and I were talking and he said ‘kind of just stay patient, it’s just a start’. It’s a big word for me to say, patient. It’s huge word when you’re playing bad. But to actually do it under these circumstances us huge. I think it’s a big learning curve, and I’ve just got to move on and see what I can do [in the final round].

“I’m only one-over for the tournament. This course, if my driving is on and my putting is on tomorrow, I can go pretty low,” he added.

The week is proving unrelenting for Danny Chia, who remains rooted at the bottom of the leadeboard after another disappointing 78 – the Malaysian number one is at 17-over for the tournament.