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Nathan Green beats Retief Goosen in a playoff

Nathan Green climbed over a picket fence—and cleared an even bigger hurdle a few minutes later in the rain-soaked Canadian Open.

Before beating Retief Goosen on the second hole of a playoff Monday at Glen Abbey, Green saved par on the first extra hole after his second shot bounced off a cart path, landing near the scoring trailer above the green on the par-5 18th.

Green scaled the fence to find an obstruction-free spot to play from, hit a lob shot that rolled through the green, then chipped to a foot. Goosen had a 6-footer to win, but he pushed it to the right, sending the playoff to the par-4 17th.

“I dodged a bullet,” said Green, who also saved par in regulation on the 18th to force the playoff after hitting into the crowd above the green.

Green two-putted for par on the second extra hole, and walked off with his first victory in 112 PGA Tour starts when Goosen’s 8-foot par try slid right.

“It’s a huge surprise to finally win,” said Green, the 34-year-old former Canadian Tour player from Toronto—the one in Australia. “This is where I started my pro career. I love coming up here. The people are great.”

Green earned $918,000 to jump from 132nd to 43rd on the money list with $1,282,017, and received a tour exemption through 2011.

“That’s huge for me,” Green said. “It’s just such a buzz for me to be able to turn the year around so dramatically. That’s more than I thought I could have done.”

After rain hit the course with nearly 5 inches of rain the first four days, the showers held off Monday until play was finished.

“It’s just been a bizarre week. A long week,” Green said.

Green won for the second time in Canada, following a 2000 victory in a Canadian Tour event in Sudbury. He also won the Queensland PGA in Australia in 2000 and took the European tour’s 2006 New Zealand Open.

The playoff also was the second of his PGA Tour career. In the 2006 Buick Invitational, he was eliminated on the first extra hole, and Tiger Woods went on to beat Jose Maria Olazabal on the second hole.

“I was definitely a bit calmer today than I was then,” Green said.

In sunny conditions, Green completed a third-round 69 with an eagle on 18, and closed with a 68 in the fourth to match Goosen at 18 under. Goosen three-putted the 18th for par in his morning 67, then eagled the closing hole in the afternoon for a 69.

“I’m not too disappointed,” Goosen said. “I had my chance.”

Goosen had his fourth straight top-six finish worldwide. After tying for 16th in the U.S. Open in wet conditions at Bethpage Black, the 40-year-old South African was third in the BMW International in Germany, tied for sixth in the Scottish Open and tied for fifth in the British Open.

“I’m very happy with the way I’m playing,” said Goosen, the Transitions Championship winner in March. “I’ve had chances to win in the last four tournaments I’ve played in. I’ve just got to keep going and hopefully it’s going to come my way.”

Anthony Kim (66-73) and Jason Dufner (70-73) tied for third at 14 under, a stroke ahead of Lee Janzen (70-67), Brandt Snedeker (67-68) and Jerry Kelly (72-71).

Stephen Ames (72-67) and Chris Baryla (70-66) were the top Canadians, tying for eighth at 12 under. Mike Weir (69-71) tied for 24th at 10 under.

“It’s a relief to get it over with. Finally,” Ames said.

Kevin Sutherland had a hole-in-one on the 129-yard seventh hole. The ace was the eighth of the tournament, the most since the PGA Tour began keeping extensive records in 1971. There were five in the 2004 John Deere Classic.

 

 

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