Green beats Goosen in Canadian Open playoff|
Oakville, ON (Sports Network) - Nathan Green got away with his misfire.
Retief Goosen didn't.
Green parred the second hole of a sudden-death playoff on Monday and won the
Canadian Open when Goosen sent his approach shot over the green and made
Goosen, the two-time U.S. Open champion, had looked like a sure thing on the
first playoff hole after Green fired his approach shot long and was forced to
take a free drop in the rough behind the 18th green.
But Goosen, set up by a clutch bunker shot, missed a six-foot birdie putt and
Green scrambled for a tournament-saving par to extend the playoff to another
Goosen missed a 10-footer for par on the second hole, the par-four 17th, while
Green two-putted from 12 feet for the win, his first on the PGA Tour.
"It's a huge surprise to finally win. I'm over the moon," said Green, whose
biggest career victory prior to Monday was a December 2006 triumph on the
The 34-year-old Australian closed with a four-under 68 in the final round of
the rain-delayed tournament. He earned $918,000 for the win.
Goosen, seeking his second victory of the season, eagled the par-five 18th
hole in regulation for a three-under 69 and tied Green at 18-under 270 to
force the eighth playoff of the season on tour.
Anthony Kim was just two strokes off the lead when he spun his second shot at
the 18th hole into a pond, took an ill-advised drop back in the fairway
instead of up around the green and made a closing bogey. He shot a 73 and tied
Jason Dufner (73) for third place at 14-under 274, four back.
Lee Janzen (67), Brandt Snedeker (68) and Jerry Kelly (71) shared fifth place
at 13-under 275, while Stephen Ames (67) and Chris Baryla (66), both playing
under the Canadian flag, led a large group at 12-under 276.
The tournament was pushed to a Monday finish following four days of rain
storms that dumped more than four inches of water on the Glen Abbey course.
The third round was completed in the morning after being suspended Sunday with
the last groups still on the front side of the course. Goosen, Kim and Dufner
shared the 54-hole lead at 15-under par; Green was one back after making eagle
at the 18th.
Goosen had a one-stroke advantage through 13 holes of the final round, but he
bogeyed the 14th and 15th to fall a shot behind Green. The deficit doubled to
two strokes when Green chipped to five feet and made birdie at the 16th.
Needing at least a birdie to have a chance, Goosen hit a gutsy 182-yard
approach shot over the greenside pond at the 18th hole and landed it within 16
He made the left-to-right eagle putt, getting into the clubhouse at 18-under,
and waited for Green, who later scrambled for a closing par after hitting
consecutive shots into the rough.
Green found himself in the rough again on the first playoff hole after firing
his approach shot over the green. He took a free drop in a flower bed, got
relief, and was granted another free drop in the rough. He chipped through the
green to the other side, ending in the rough again.
Through it all, Goosen spent about 15 minutes lining up his bunker shot from
beside the green. He knocked it within six feet -- but a hesitant stroke on
the birdie putt allowed Green to sneak by with his scrambling par.
Back at the 17th for the second extra hole, it was Goosen who landed in
trouble with an errant approach shot that flew the green. He chipped 10 feet
past the hole and, after Green missed his 12-foot birdie attempt, Goosen
pushed his par effort right of the cup.
Green's two-putt par ended the first Canadian Open playoff in five years.
Struggling for the past 18 months or so, Green said the win meant "everything"
"I always love coming up here," said Green, who played previously on the
Canadian Tour, winning once.
07/27 18:39:16 ET