Monday, December 18, 2017

Malaysia’s Gavin Green named Asian Tour 
Player of Year
Jakarta, December 18: Malaysia’s Gavin Green has been named the Asian Tour Player of the Year to cap a fantastic 2017 season where he also won the prestigious Order of Merit crown.
Green, pictured below, was recognised by his peers through a voting process for a highly successful season where he won his first Asian Tour title at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters and finished second thrice.
The big-hitting 24-year-old, who has Irish and Portuguese ancestry, made history, by becoming the first Malaysian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit with earnings of US$585,813. He is also the second youngest player to win the accolade.
To add to his list of achievements for the year, Green also won the driving distance category after averaging 314.08 yards off the tee.
Micah Lauren Shin of the United States was named Rookie of the Year, thanks largely to his maiden victory at the Resorts World Manila Masters. He ended the season in 12th place on the Order of Merit with earnings of US$277,781.
American Paul Peterson topped the stroke average category with an average of 69.48, while Vietnam’s Michael Tran hit the most Greens in Regulation with a 75.21% strike rate.
Thailand’s Rattanon Wannasrichan, who won his first Asian Tour title in his National Open in May, was the hottest putter on tour, averaging 27.46 putts per-round. India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar was the straightest off the tees, finding 79.17% fairways in 2017.
Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman was named the best scrambler after converting 67.6% of his missed greens in regulation to save par 



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