KUALA LUMPUR: Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Gavin Green is ready to fly the flag for Malaysia when he tees off for his Major debut at the British Open at Carnoustie on Thursday.
The 24-year-old, who sealed his place by winning the Merit title last season, is the third Malaysian, following Iain Steel (1996) and Danny Chia (2005, 2008 and 2010), to qualify for the world’s oldest Major.
“I’m excited, of course! You can feel the buzz in the air and I’m just going to go out there, try to enjoy myself and do the best that I can. I’m just trying to stay a little grounded and not get too excited.
"I have my entire support team here with me including my swing coach, my mental coach and my physio,” said Green.
Prior to turning professional in 2015, Green has enjoyed an illustrious career which saw him become the first amateur to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) following his victory in 2014.
He added two more wins to his successful exploits on the region’s secondary circuit in 2016 and eventually finished second on the final Order of Merit to earn his Asian Tour card for what would be a breakout year for him in 2017.
After notching four top-10 results, which included three runner-up finishes, Green broke through at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters before going on to lift the 2017 Order of Merit crown, thanks to a season’s haul of US$582,463.
“It’s very humbling to be able to represent Malaysia in a Major like The Open.
"Whenever I see the Malaysian flag flying in the tournaments that I play in, I will feel very privileged to be able to represent the country.”