Date: June 11, 2007

Green gets gold

Australian Richard Green scored a taxing play-off victory at Austria&aposs BA-CA Open to end a decade of near-misses on the European Tour. Green, 36, fired a final round 70 after taking a three stroke lead into the final round. He had a chance to win the tournament on the final regulation hole. However, he extended his excruciating wait for a win at the 72nd hole when he required three putts to close out his round. That left him 16-under for the tournament and tied with Jean-Francois Remsey of France who carded a sizzling 64 on the last day. The duo returned to the 18th for the first play-off hole and second time around it was Remesy who faltered. The Frenchman&aposs approach shot to the par five found the rocks on the edge of the water surrounding the green. The best he could do was a bogey six and Green made certain of a long-overdue win by chipping to within inches of the hole from the back of the green to secure the $342,991 first prize. Spain s Miguel Angel Jim nez (67), who was disturbed by a camera click on the 18th tee and missed his birdie chance, finished in a share of third with England s Chris Gane (65) and Sweden s Michael Jonzon (66) on 269. “I feel very drained and relieved. I was very nervous on the 18th green and I had to compose myself after getting into the play-off,” Green said after the win. The Melbourne-based left-hander has a reasonable play-off record and was positive heading into the shoot-out. “I am relieved now. I feel I am in the prime of my career and I always felt I would win again and get the monkey off my back,” Green said. “I suppose it was a more workmanlike victory. At the moment I feel all the emotions and just relieved that that my golf game held up.” “My brain was pretty scrambled as I signed my card but I still felt I could win. My caddie, Stuart, told me to remember my play-off record. I won in Dubai 10 years ago and I also won the Australian Masters after a play-off.” Green is now eyeing a place in the top 50 in the world rankings.