Green earn last spot in ISPS Handa World Cup Tournament

Last update: 14/09/2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 (Bernama) – Malaysia's top-ranked golfer, Gavin Kyle Green secured the final spot in the 2018 ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf,  to be held from Nov 22-25 at the Metropolitan Golf Club in the Melbourne Sandbelt, Australia.

Green who is ranked 173rd in the world is among 28 players  named by the tournament officials today to take part in the US$7 million (RM28.971 million) tournament which will feature 56 top players representing 28 countries.

Green was selected to participate in the tournament after two players – C.T. Pan of Taiwan and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann decided to pull out from the tournament.

The 24-year-old long-hitting player created history in 2017 after becoming the first Malaysian to lift the Asian Tour Order of Merit title and also the second youngest golfer after Noh Seung-yul of South Korea to win the accolade.

During the season, he won his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Taiwan Masters besides finishing as runner-up thrice, at the India Open, Shinhan Donghae Open and also the Yeangder Heritage Tournament.

Recently, Green finished third in the Czech Masters and joint 12th at the European Masters.

Two Malaysian golfers – veteran Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung –  teamed up to finish in joint 22th place in the 2016 edition which was held at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne.

Malaysia’s best finish in the biennial tournament was through M.  Ramayah and the late P. Gunasegaran who finished ninth place in the 1994 edition in Puerto Rico.

Selected players from each of the top 28 countries were given until Sept 20 to choose their partner for the tournament.

The 72-hole stroke play team format will feature Four-ball (best ball) play in the first and third rounds and Foursomes (alternate shot) play in the second and final rounds. 

The ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf is one of five tournaments that are co-sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours, joining the four events in the World Golf Championships series as tournaments which the Federation oversees.

-- BERNAMA