KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Gavin Green endured a nervous finish but his challenge will continue into the weekend when he carded a two-over-par 73 on Friday to make the cut in his British Open debut.
Gavin, who opened his campaign with a 72, turned in level par before dropping a bogey on 10.
He recovered with a birdie on 14 but two other bogeys in his closing four holes saw him settle for a share of tied 65th position on three-over-par 145 total at the Carnoustie Golf Links.
The 24-year-old became the second Malaysian, following Danny Chia in 2010, to make the halfway cut in the world’s oldest Major championship.
“I was really nervous coming down the stretch. The last few holes were tough. I was just trying to keep it on the fairways and the greens. I did that all the way until 18 and had like a 15-20-foot for par.
“I was trying to find out what the cut was. Thankfully it was three-over and I made the bogey putt.
“Making the cut in my first Major, obviously I am really happy. I am happy with the way I coped with myself. I kind of know what to do and I knew I can’t push it too much. It’s been a long time since I last felt so nervous coming down the stretch but I liked the challenge,” said Gavin.
“I like links course. It’s a different style of play. I think it’s fairer. You have to be creative when you play on links course. You can’t just see the hole and hit it, you might land 40 or 50 yards short,” said Gavin, who enjoyed a tied-19th place finish at the Scottish Open last week.