Date: July 23, 2007

Green admits record pressure

Richard Green admitted the pressure got to him after missing a putt which would have set a new Carnoustie course record and equalled the lowest-ever round in a major. The rangy Australian shot a record-equalling round of 64, but a bogey at the 18th cost him a historic new mark. “I definitely felt the pressure,” the 36-year-old conceded. “It&aposs a very demanding hole.” “On the last green, I thought it was going to be fantastic to make that putt and I gave myself as good an opportunity as possible.” “I read it as well as I could possibly have read it and I probably hit as good a putt as I was going to hit.” “I just missed on the low side, which was a shame.” Green was not in the original field, having only been given a chance to play when Woody Austin withdrew a fortnight ago. But he made the most of his opportunity to set the clubhouse pace at five-under with a final round that included six birdies and an eagle on a course that played better once the heavy morning rain and cold had eased. “I was as focused as I&aposve ever been in a golf tournament, especially after the sixth hole when I birdied,” said Green, whose best Open finish is tied 32nd two years ago. “When the weather conditions brightened up, I knew the course was going to offer up a few opportunities if I kept hitting the ball well, and fortunately they came along.” “I had my focus on shooting the course record – I had eight under in my mind.” “I guess having that in my mind took the notice a bit away from my position in the tournament and gave me a good opportunity to finish off the round as good as I could.” “It will probably be my best result in a major tournament and the Open, as well. It left me with some good experience and hopefully I&aposll contend in some more.”