Green Wins in Playoff at Canadian Open
In what ended up being a long, and water-logged tournament, the Canadian Open was finally won by Nathan Green, a 34-year-old first time winner on tour, who just happens to hail from Toronto. Too bad for Canadian golfing fans that’s Toronto, Australia. Green captured his first tour win by beating two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen in a Monday playoff due to the inordinate amount of rain that fell over the weekend.
Green’s victory came on the second hole of the playoff, the 17th, when Goosen’s 8-footer for par missed to the right, shortly after Green had made par. Both players finished the tournament at 18-under to set up the playoff.
Anthony Kim and Jason Dufner finished tied for third at 14-under, while a group of three players, including Lee Janzen ended the tournament at 13-under, five strokes back of Green and Goosen.
Stephen Ames and Chris Baryla were the top Canadians, both finishing at 12-under, good for an eighth-place tie. Mike Weir was well back, tied for 24th at 10-under.
The rainfall wasn’t the only story at the Canadian Open this weekend. A record eight holes-in-one were recorded during the event, the most since 1971, the year the PGA tour began keeping extensive records.