Date: July 16, 2009
Author: Anthony Loncaric, Sportal

Green good to go at Turnberry

Australian golfer Richard Green is hoping to put past nerves behind him as he bids to put in a good performance at the British Open which commences on Thursday at Turnberry. Green&aposs best performance at the Open came in 2007 when he finished fourth and he believes that a stress-free approach could be the key to a successful week. “From my first few Opens that I ever played I was always getting a bit sort of awestruck by it all and I try to give it a little bit more attention than I normally do a golf tournament and hence you get affected by the pressure,” he said. “I&aposm just coming out here this week and doing my own thing and treating it as any other week and seeing how I go. It&aposs the best way to do it, stress free.” Green is adamant that the course is up to scratch and believes the conditions will suit his style of play. “I was here about a month ago just sort of doing some preparation. The golf course is great, to my liking. Dry, bouncy, firm conditions are always good and links courses are always firm whether it&aposs wet or dry,” Green said. “I&aposm looking forward to it.” Compatriot Rod Pampling is also impressed with the conditions on offer and he too is hoping to put in a strong performance. “It&aposs fantastic, very nice, great conditions. Obviously weatherwise it&aposs been sensational so hopefully this will keep around and everyone will enjoy it,” Pampling said. “My form&aposs good. Been hitting it good, the last month-and-a-half&aposs been really nice so things are coming around good.” “Over the years I&aposve been trying to hit low shots, high shots, everything but it hasn&apost worked. So I&aposm just going out there and I guess (five-time British Open winner) Peter Thomson said keep out of the bunkers and use the wind so basically we&aposre trying to simplify things a little bit more and just play golf.”