Green wins Canadian Open in playoff


OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Nathan Green won the Canadian Open on Monday for his first PGA Tour victory,
beating Retief Goosen with a par on the second hole of a playoff in the rain-delayed tournament.
After Green missed a 12-foot birdie attempt on the par-4 17th, Goosen’s 8-foot par try slid right, ending
the first Monday finish in the national championship since 1988.
"It’s a huge surprise to finally win," said Green, the 34-year-old former Canadian Tour player
from Toronto — Toronto, Australia, that is. "This is where I started my pro career. I love coming
up here. The people are great."
In sunny conditions, Green completed a third-round 69 with an eagle on 18 and shot a 68 in the fourth
round at saturated Glen Abbey. Goosen three-putted the 18th for par in his morning 67, then eagled the
closing hole in the afternoon for a 69.
"It’s been bizarre. A long week," Green said a few minutes before another round of hard rain
pelted the roof in the media tent.
Goosen had a putt to win on 18 on the first extra hole, but missed a 6-foot birdie try after leaving his
bunker shot above the hole. Green saved par after his second shot bounced off a cart path, landing near
the scoring trailer above the green.
"I dodged a bullet," said Green, who also saved par on the 18th to force the playoff after
hitting over the green and into the crowd.
Goosen had his fourth straight top-six finish worldwide. After tying for 16th in the U.S. Open, 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, four strokes back at 14 under in the event
soaked by nearly 5 inches of rain the first four days. Lee Janzen (70-67), Brandt Snedeker (67-68) and
Jerry Kelly (72-71) followed at 14 under.
Stephen Ames (72-67) and Chris Baryla (70-66) were the top Canadian finishers, 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.
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 in the event that Tiger Woods went on to win on the second hole with Jose Maria
"This was the last thing I was expecting to do," Green said after earning $918,000 to push his
season total to $1,282,017. "It’s been a tough year."
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.
DIVOTS: Ken Green won the 1988 tournament at Glen Abbey in a Monday finish. … The 2010 tournament will
be played at St. George’s in Toronto.

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