MALAYSIAN OPEN FINAL LEADERBOARD
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, one hole separated University of New Mexico junior golfer Gavin Green from a top-10 finish at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Green, a Kuala Lumpur native, shot a 2-under 70 during Sunday’s final round and improved 13 spots to finish in a tie for 47th in the European Tour event with a 1-over 289. Green again had another fantastic round going until the par-4 16th in which a double-bogey cost him a chance to finish the final round in the 60s.
The same hole was problematic for Green on Saturday when he scored a quadruple bogey. He also bogeyed the hole on Friday and was 7 over par on that hole alone over the four days.
Had Green been able to make pars on that hole in each of the four rounds, his final score would have been 8 under par, which would have tied him for 10th place.
As it was, Green had six birdies in the final round, his best showing at the event. Whereas the 16th was his enemy, the par-5 fifth hole was his friend. Green had three birdies and an eagle.
Green has a world golf ranking of 884, according to europeantourn.com, and his finish in relation to his world ranking, was the second best in the tournament. Countryman Kheng Hwai Khor also finished tied for 47th at 1 over but came into the Malaysian Open ranked 1,434th.
Lee Westwood, the 36th-ranked player in the world, won the event going away. He finished at 18-under 270 to take a seven-stroke victory over Bernd Wiesberger, Louis Oosthuizen and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Green and the Lobos are headed for the Mountain West Championship, which takes play Friday-Sunday in Tucson, Ariz.