Gavin Green. NSTP PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: Golfer Gavin Green made Malaysia proud by finishing tied third at last weekend’s Saudi International, a European Tour event, at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.

Green recorded a final round of 70 and nine-under total, which he had reached the 36-hole mark, but stayed there were 70-70 over the weekend.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell at 12-under, two shots clear of runner-up Dustin Johnson of the United States (67).

Green, whose best has been tied-second at Hero Indian Open in 2017, admitted, “I knew I was close and I knew I was really close.

“I just told myself to get a good score and have another good back nine, doesn’t matter what it is, just keep hitting good shots. After the short putt missed, I just lost focus a little bit. Something I can learn from and maybe I can do it next time.”

“Overall I had a solid day. The finish was strong. I didn’t expect that at all. When my caddie said, just hit two good tee shots and see where that leaves us, finish strong. So I’m happy,” Gavin told asiantour.com