Sep 16, 2017: Malaysia’s Gavin Green grinded out a third round one-under-par 70 to take a slender shot lead over the chasing pack at the Shinhan Donghae Open on Saturday.
The Malaysian, who is chasing his Asian Tour breakthrough this week, traded five birdies against four bogeys to compile a three-day total of eight-under-par 205 on a windy day at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club.
“I got to stay really patient tomorrow because there are so many good players behind me and anything can happen.” Gavin Green
Green started off promisingly with a birdie on the par-five second. He dropped two shots on four and five but recovered quickly with another pair of birdies on holes six and seven.
He then mixed his card with two birdies and two bogeys in his inward nine for a 70 and sole possession of the lead at the KRW1.2 billion (approximately US$1.06 million) event which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Korean PGA.
Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate Jarin Todd of the United States rued a costly double-bogey at the last which caused him to slip to a share of second place with Korea’s Hyungseok Seo, Giwhan Kim and Seungtaek Lee.
Zimbabwean Scott Vincent meanwhile continued to impress in his second outing at the Shinhan Donghae Open as he returned with a 65 to share sixth place with Canada’s Richard T. Lee and Korea’s Kyungnam Kang.
Did you know?
- Gavin Green has his father, Gary on his bag again this week. The father-son partnership has been key to Green’s success on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
- Green won two of his three ADT victories with his father on his bag. He says, ‘My father knows me best.’
- Green is looking for his Asian Tour breakthrough this week. He has enjoyed three top-10 results, including two runner-up finishes in India and Chinese Taipei this year.
- Jarin Todd is an Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate. He earned his card by finishing tied-19th at Qualifying School. His best results on the Asian Tour so far were two tied-15s at the Yeangder Heritage and Thailand Open.
- Richard T. Lee missed the cut at the Shinhan Donghae Open last year. He has only made the cut in four events out of 10 starts on the Asian Tour this season.
- Scott Vincent had a chance to force a play-off if he had birdied the last hole at the Shinhan Donghae Open last year. He could only make par then and had to settle for tied-second place.