Australia’s Nathan Green defeated Retief Goosen of South Africa in a playoff to secure his maiden PGA Tour victory in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Ontario.
In a tournament interrupted by heavy rain, the field had to return to Glen Abbey on Monday to complete the third and final rounds. When the final putts dropped in regulation play Goosen and Green were locked on -18 so extra holes were required to decide the tournament.
On the first extra hole, the par-5 18th, Goosen had a chance to win but missed his birdie effort from six feet above the cup. Green had to scramble for par after his second shot bounced off a cart path and landed up near the scorer’s hut above the green.
ON the 17th, the second extra hole produced a result as the 34-year-old Australian made an easy par and Goosen’s par effort from eight feet slid past the edge of the hole.
“It’s just been a bizarre week. A long week,” Green said. “It’s a huge surprise to finally win.”
Green earned $918,000 to jump to 43rd on the money list, healso received a TOUR exemption through 2011. “That’s huge for me,” he 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.”
Goosen who has now finished in the top six in his last four tournaments worldwide was able to take the positives from his performance. “I’m very happy with the way I’m playing,” he said. “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 and Jason Dufner tied for third place, four strokes behind the leaders on -14. Stephen Ames and Chris Barlya were the first Canadians over the line, finishing in a tie for eighth.
RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey Golf Club, Ontario, Canada
July 23-27, purse $5,100,000, par 72
1 Nathan Green (Aus) 68 65 69 68 270 $918,000
2 Retief Goosen (RSA) 65 69 67 69 270 $550,800
T3 Jason Dufner (USA) 68 63 70 73 274 $295,800
T3 Anthony Kim (USA) 69 66 66 73 274 $295,800
T5 Lee Janzen (USA) 68 70 70 67 275 $186,150
T5 Jerry Kelly (USA) 65 67 72 71 275 $186,150
T5 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 73 67 67 68 275 $186,150
T8 Stephen Ames (Can) 68 69 72 67 276 $123,037
T8 Chris Baryla (Can) 69 71 70 66 276 $123,037
T8 Mark Calcavecchia (USA) 71 65 71 69 276 $123,037
Note: Players in bold on results signifies Titleist ball usage only