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Richard Green equals course record

Australian Richard Green equalled the course record of seven-under 64 to set a five-under clubhouse target of 279 in the British Open final round on Sunday.

The 36-year-old left-hander produced an eagle and six birdies to match the record jointly held by American Steve Stricker and Briton Colin Montgomerie.

That left Green four strokes behind leader Sergio Garcia, who was on the seventh hole at rain-sodden Carnoustie.

"Hopefully this is a really good target because it's a tough course and anything can happen out there, especially as the sky is getting blacker again," Green told the BBC.

Asked if was aware he could break the record with a par four at the last, he replied: "Definitely. I knew about Steve's score yesterday and I thought that as I was eight under for the round after 17, I could go for it.

"There was a little bit of pressure with my tee shot on 18. I hit a pretty good shot but it just carried into the rough, left me struggling and I took a five."

Austrian Open champion Green's previous best result in the Open was a tie for 32nd at St Andrews two years ago.

"I got off to a great start today, as you have to do if you're going to shoot a great score," he said, referring to his four front-nine birdies.

"It was uncomfortable out there. I had the waterproofs on so that made it even more difficult."

Green's win in Austria last month was his first on the European Tour since beating Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam in a playoff at the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic.

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