New Mexico's Green finishes 22nd in Malaysia
New Mexico sophomore Gavin Green finished 22nd in the Malaysian Open on Sunday, his second consecutive top-25 in an event on a major pro tour. The Malaysian Open was co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Green, who is from Malaysia, shot a final-round 69 to finish at 6-under 210 (73-68-69). Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot 13-under 203 to win by one shot over Italy’s Edoardo Molinari. The event was shortened to 54 holes because of inclement weather.
“It gives me good confidence,” Green said. “It tells me that I can play with the professionals. I still have two years in college and then we will see what happens.”
Green, the 2012 Malaysian Amateur champion, was the top Malaysian finisher this week, and the first Malaysian amateur in 10 years to make the cut at the Malaysian Open. He also finished 18th at the Asian Tour’s Iskandar Johor Open late last year. Green was paired with Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els in the first two rounds of that event, which also was held in Malaysia. He first competed in the Johor Open at 13 years old.
Green, arguably the longest hitter in college golf, won his first collegiate title earlier this season at New Mexico’s own William H. Tucker Invitational. He advanced to the second round of the 2012 U.S. Amateur, as well.