Gavin on target for maiden European Tour title in Portugal

KUALA LUMPUR: Can national golfer Gavin Kyle Green finally clinch a maiden DP World Tour (European Tour)?

The 28-year-old has a genuine crack at winning the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura today after firing a third-round seven-under 64 to finish the day in solo second on 20-under overall.

England's Jordan Smith remains at the top of the leaderboard after a superb 62 at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course moved him to 22-under.

Gavin started the day tied for the lead with Smith, but he lost ground early on after dropping a bogey on the third hole.

But Gavin, who's making his 135th European Tour start, brilliantly fought back with a birdie and an eagle in his very next two holes.

Gavin then hit five more birdies in the five-hole stretch starting from hole No 10 to maintain the pressure on Smith at just two shots back.

Gavin will be aiming to make his second chance count this year.

Just in August, Gavin squandered a four-shot lead in the final round to settle for runner-up at the Czech Masters.

"It would mean the world (to win)," Gavin told

"Everybody is going to want to win, but I think staying in the present and the process is the most important thing for me tomorrow (today)."

Gavin's other European Tour runner-up finish was at the 2017 India Open.

He also came in third on two other occasions - the 2020 Saudi International and 2018 Czech Masters.

If Gavin wins the €1,500,000 (RM7.06mil) event, he would become the first Malaysian to do so on the European Tour.

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