Golf: Steady rise in OWGR bodes well for Gavin’s Olympic bid

PETALING JAYA: Gavin Kyle Green’s Olympic bid is gaining momentum, thanks to a string of fine performances on the European Tour.

The 25-year-old continued to enjoy a steady rise on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), with his tied-ninth result at last week’s Irish Open which lifted him 12 rungs to No. 206.

Gavin was No. 249 two months ago, but five decent outings in his last seven appearances including a tied-19th at the China Open, British Masters (tied 15th), Belgian Knockout (fifth) and Andalucia Masters (tied eighth) earned him valuable points.

And if his current form is anything to go by, Gavin could improve on his position at the Scottish Open which begins tomorrow.

It is imperative for Gavin to remain inside the top 300 in the next 11 months as that is the projected cut-off to qualify for the 60-man Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The qualification period ends on June 22 next year.

He is currently 50th in the International Golf Federation (IGF) Olympic rankings.

Gavin is seeking his second Olympic appearance after finishing 47th in his debut at the 2016 Rio Games.

Malaysia boasted a maximum representation of four players with Danny Chia and women’s pair Kelly Tan and Michelle Koh also featuring in Rio.

But a repeat of that looks unlikely at the moment.

Ben Leong and Nicholas Fung, the second and third best-ranked Malaysians on the OWGR, are ranked 543rd and 653rd respectively.

The projected cut-off for the women is a top 400 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, with Kelly – who plies her trade in the second-tier US Symetra Tour – being the top-ranked Malaysian at 508.

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