Silver lining for Gavin in Korea

Gavin Kyle Green ©Mike Casper|TheClubHouse

Incheon [KOREA]: Gavin Kyle Green will have to wait a little longer for his Asian Tour breakthrough after settling for second at the US$1 million Shinhan Donghae Open on Sunday.

The rising Malaysian star rued a listless back nine as he returned a two-under 69 to finish a stroke adrift of champion Richard T. Lee.

The Canadian had earlier set the clubhouse target at 11-under 273, thanks to a brilliant closing effort of five-under 66 at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club.

Overnight leader Green had several chances to at least force a play-off with Lee coming down the stretch but spurred his chances by missing several costly putts.

“Richard played well and you cannot do anything about that. I admit there was a little bit of pressure especially coming down the stretch. I had my chances on 16, 17 and 18 but that’s golf. I also missed a lot of putts but I gave myself a chance, which is the most important,” shared the big-hitting Green.

He was nonetheless optimistic about his future – his third runner-up finish of the season seeing him pick up a cheque of US$116,460. It keeps him on track for successive appearances at the lucrative CIMB Classic as well as a berth at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

“Second is not bad. If you had told me I’ll be in second at the start of the week, I would say yes anytime,” added the national number one, who improves to third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

It also proved a rewarding week for Ben Leong,  who was tied for 17th on three-under-par after a closing 70.