PETALING JAYA: Malaysian golfer Gavin Kyle Green made the country proud in the star-studded European Tour’s Saudi International by coming in a superb joint third on Sunday (Feb 2).

The 26-year-old closed with an even-par 70 to finish on nine-under 271 at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

Gavin recovered in style in the two closing holes, firing an eagle on the 17th and birdie on the 18th to finish in a three-way tie for third alongside 44-time US PGA Tour winner Phil Mickelson and Thomas Pieters of Belgium.

Gavin had earlier mixed two birdies with a bogey to turn in 34, but his efforts were undone as he dropped four shots over the next seven holes with bogeys on the 10th, 11th, 15th and 16th.

Northern Ireland’s Grame McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion, clinched the title after he carded a 70 to finish on 12-under 268, giving him a two-shot victory over world No. 5 Dustin Johnson of the United States.

For Gavin, the joint-third effort in Saudi Arabia marked his third top-three outing of his European Tour career, having came in runner-up at the 2017 Indian Open and third at the 2018 Czech Masters.

Although falling short of winning his maiden European Tour title again, Gavin can certainly hold his head high this week for proving he’s no pushover against some of the world’s biggest names.

Besides Mickelson and Johnson, the other heavyweights in the fray were American duo world No. 1 Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

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