Kuala Lumpur, June 18: Gavin Kyle Green’s record-breaking victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last weekend has seen him jump a massive 378 places up to 597th position in the latest Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
The leading Malaysian amateur claimed an astounding 11-shot victory at the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship where he broke several records en route to a stunning triumph at the Templer Park Country Club.
Green, who plays college golf for University of New Mexico in the United States, picked up six world ranking points which placed him as the third highest ranked Malaysian in the world behind Nicholas Fung (274th) and Danny Chia (495th).
With qualifying for the Olympic Games in 2016 based on the OWGR, the big-hitting Green could launch a legitimate claim for a ticket to Rio De Janeiro through his exploits in professional tournaments. The anticipated cut-off mark to qualify for the 60-man field is the top-300 in the world.
Green became the first amateur since the launch of the ADT in 2010 to win a title and his four-day total of 26-under-par 262 established a new 72-hole scoring record on the burgeoning circuit, which is the gateway to the premier Asian Tour.
“The win meant a lot to me. It showed that I can compete with the professionals out there. I’m planning to play in a few more amateur events before going back to school in August. Hopefully I can continue to stay consistent with my game,” said Green.
Green, who is in his final year of college, is highly regarded as a future star of the game in Asia.
He finished tied 22nd and 47th at the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, in 2013 and 2014 respectively and contended at the Asian Tour’s Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters before finishing equal sixth last year and tied 18th at the Iskandar Johor Open in 2012.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season.
Working in close partnership with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM Tour), a total of 12 events will feature on this season’s ADT Schedule, giving Malaysian players a big incentive in chasing for a place on the region’s main Tour and also in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Source: Asian Tour