Green to take a fearless approach at the SMBC Singapore Open
Sentosa, Singapore, January 16: Gavin Green will be unfazed by the big names and the pressure of being the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion at the SMBC Singapore Open that starts on Thursday.
The big-hitting Malaysian had a very successful 2017 on the Asian Tour, evident from his number one position on the merit list. The 24-year-old enjoyed three second-place finishes and a win, at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
During the year, he also had the chance to play alongside elite players such as major champion Justin Thomas and 13-time European Tour winner Paul Casey. Last week, he was up against the best golfers from Europe at the biennial EurAsia Cup.
The experiences on Tour have helped shaped Green into a better golfer and he’ll be looking to use the things that he has learned in 2017 to excel this year, starting at the SMBC Singapore Open.
Quincy Quek of Singapore will also be teeing up at this year’s SMBC Singapore Open, a tournament that will always remain close to his heart. Last year, his daughter was born just a few days prior to the event. He will look forward to playing in front of the home crowd again.
Pat Perez is enjoying a career revival after recovering from his shoulder injury. Perez, who won in Malaysia last year, will be competing on Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course for the first time. He gives the layout a seal of approval after practicing on it on Monday.
The Asian Tour season opener features a US$1 million prize purse and it is jointly-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO). Apart from Perez, other marquee names such as Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Ryo Ishikawa will also be competing at the SMBC Singapore Open.
Did you know:
- Gavin Green is the second youngest Order of Merit champion in Asian Tour history. Korean Noh Seung-yul was 19 years old when he won the merit race in 2010.
- He is the first Malaysian to win the Order of Merit.
- Green is ranked first in driving distance in 2017, averaging 314.08 yards off the tee.
- Quincy Quek’s tied-26th finish at the SMBC Singapore Open was his best on the Asian Tour in 2017.
- He won once on the Asian Development Tour, at the 2012 Orchard Golf Championship.
- The SMBC Singapore Open will be part of The Open Qualifying Series for 2018. The leading four places (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties will secure their spots at The 147th Open at Carnoustie from July 19 to 22.
- This year marks the 52nd edition of Singapore’s National Open.
- The SMBC Singapore Open is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the JGTO for the third consecutive year.