8th July 2019 | Asian Tour

Overseas Watch: Green caps back-to-back top-10 finishes

July 8: Malaysia’s Gavin Green secured a second straight top-10 result on the European Tour after firing four birdies in his closing five holes to finish in a share of ninth place at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on Sunday.

Green, the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, started the day with three consecutive pars and three birdies in-a-row from the fourth before dropping shots on ninth, 10th and 12th at the Lahinch Golf Club.

He would close with a four-under-par 66 and an 11-under-par 269 total to finish five shots back of winner Jon Rahm and mark his third top-10 finish in his last four starts on the European Tour this season.

Over in the United States, India’s Arjun Atwal signed for a closing one-under-par 70 to finish in a share of 23rd place at the 3M Open held at the TPC Twin Cities located in Blaine, Minnesota.

Atwal, an eight-time Asian Tour winner, came through the Monday qualifier and kept himself in the title mix before capping a commendable top-25 result with a four-day total of 13-under-par 271, eight shots back of winner Matthew Wolff of the United States.

At the Japan PGA Championship, South African Shaun Norris kept his promise to his late father by continuing to stay in the battle for the title before finishing tied-fourth at the Ibusuki Golf Club.

He signed for a closing even-par 70 and a 10-under-par 272 total and was three shots away from making the play-off which saw Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa defeat Junggon Hwang of Korea with an eagle on the first extra hole.

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who leads the money lists on both the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour, settled for a share of 26th place after closing with a 74.

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Arjun Atwal of India

Atwal slips but still remains in contention at 3M Open

July 7: India’s Arjun Atwal rued a costly double-bogey six on the par-four 14 which saw him slip to a share of ninth place after signing for a third round three-under-par 68 at the 3M Open on the PGA TOUR on Saturday.

Atwal, an eight-time Asian Tour winner, birdied holes five and seven for an outward 33. But his efforts were quickly erased by a double-bogey on 14.

The Indian, who had earlier fired a course-record 62 in the Monday qualifier, charged back with three consecutive birdies, starting the 16th hole to post a three-day total of 12-under-par 201, three shots off the lead which is shared by Matthew Wolff, Colin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau of the United States.

At the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Malaysia’s Gavin Green made up for a disappointing second round 72 by posting a 65 to head into the final round in tied-14th position, six shots back of English leader, Robert Rock.

Apart from a win, Green will also be aiming to be among the three players to finish in the top ten and ties so as to earn his place at The 148th Open at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019.

Over in Japan, South Africa’s Shaun Norris trailed by one shot in second place after the completion of the second round at the weather-hit Japan PGA Championship.

Norris had earlier taken the clubhouse lead after rounds of 68 and 65 and will be determined to honour his promise to his late father, who passed away early Saturday morning by battling for the top prize at the Japan Golf Tour event.

“I want to keep the promise with my father (to compete well and finish strong), so I will play my best tomorrow,” said Norris.

Arjun Atwal of India

Flawless Atwal stays in the mix

July 6: India’s Arjun Atwal remained in contention for his second PGA TOUR title after he signed for a bogey-free three-under-par 68 to trail leader Bryson DeChambeau by five shots in tied-seventh place at the halfway stage of the 3M Open on Friday.

Atwal, who opened his campaign with a solid 65, rode on his fine form to return with a flawless card highlighted by three birdies at the TPC Twin Cities. The eight-time Asian Tour winner had earlier shot a course-record 62 in the Monday qualifier held at the Victory Links Golf Club to earn his place in the event.

The 46-year-old Indian hit 10 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation and enjoyed a great day on the greens where he did not miss any putts within 10 feet. Atwal would end his day on nine-under-par 133 total at the PGA TOUR event.

Atwal’s 155 yard approach to 13 feet set himself up for the birdie on the par-four 15th hole. He reached the green in three and sunk a 17-foot putt for his second birdie of the day on the 596-yard par-five 18th hole.

On the 381-yard par-four seventh hole, Atwal found the green in 2 and sunk a 29-foot putt for birdie. This moved Atwal to three-under for the round.

India’s Anirban Lahiri followed up his opening 71 with a solid 67 to progress into the weekend rounds as he grabbed a share of 55th position on 138.

Over in Ireland, Malaysia’s Gavin Green slipped from tied-10th to tied-38th place after signing for a second-round two-over-par 72 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

South African Justin Harding and Gaganjeet Bhullar of India were among those who missed the halfway cut set at one-under-par 139 at the Lahinch Golf Club.

Three players who finish in the top ten and ties at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open who are not already exempt will earn places in The 148th Open at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019.

At the Japan PGA Championship, South African Shaun Norris carded a commendable six-under-par 65 to seize the halfway clubhouse lead by one at the weather-disrupted event held at the Ibusuki Golf Club. Round 2 is still in progress.

Gavin Green of Malaysia

Green trails Harrington by three in Ireland

July 5: Malaysia’s Gavin Green survived two early bogeys scares before charging back with six birdies for an opening four-under-par 66 to trail home favourite Padraig Harrington by three shots after the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on Thursday.

Green, the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, stumbled with bogeys on holes two and six but recovered quickly by firing two birdies on the seventh and ninth holes to turn in 34.

The Malaysian’s round then came alive when he went on a birdie blitz starting from the par-four 13 to the 16th hole before signing for a 66 and grabbing a share of 10th place.

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar is a further shot back in tied-19th place after he opened his Irish campaign with a  67.

Three players who finish in the top ten and ties at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open who are not already exempt will earn places in The 148th Open at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019.

Over on the PGA TOUR, India’s Arjun Atwal continued his rich vein of form by firing a 65 to take a share of fourth place after the first round of the 3M Open.

The Indian had earlier shot a course-record 62 in the Monday qualifier to earn his place in the event.

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