Green Clutch bird wins PGA Adult crown – Australian PGA

After driving at one point with five shots while walking on the 13th green at Richmond Golf Club with another flying shot, Green set out to reclaim his hard-earned advantage with three ghosts in the next hour.

By the time he messed up his tee shot and his second shot into the trees at 4-17 and made the third of that bogey, he was tied up in the lead with Andre Stolz and in serious trouble.

But the 51-year-old from Melbourne, who won two European Seniors Championships and the NSW Senior Open last week in Albury on the SParms PGA Legends Tour, proved he’s made of tough elements.

He unbarred from the tee at Bar 4 18, slid two meters off the flag and rolled in the blow to a birdie, sprinting in a fist pump that spoke to his relief.

“I think winning the way I have this year is incredible,” he said.

“When I was on the main rounds, they came every decade, so winning four times this year is an incredible feeling.

“For it not to go the way I wanted it to go back nine, and then get it, that’s what allowed it (the emotion) to go out.”

Green fired four goals under 66 to score at 11 under overall and win with a shot from struggling Stolz, who was firing from the sidelines behind the green 18 to join him in under 11 and force a playoff. She sailed through the hatch, leaving the door open for Green Bird to take the win.

Kiwi Michael Long (64) and Hervey Bay pro Chris Taylor (67)—who was in the competition until his 18th hole failure—were tied for third by nine under par.

But the day was largely about Greene, who played a nine-brilliance lead with four birdies to dominate the championship. The fourth of those sparrows came at the eighth slot of the short 3rd with a chip from the sidelines and that coincided with an inverted chip and a ghost from Stolz to push the lead to three shots.

Another nice birdie hit for Green in the 11th left him ahead by four times, and it extended to five when Stolz gave up at 12th.

Then disaster erupted and he made a short-distance triple to bogey at 13, missed the green on the right at 14 and failed to go up and down. Sensing his sudden fragility, Stolz nailed a birdie at close range at 15 bars to move within two shots, made two big swings and put a birdie into hole number 5 on 16 to pull the margin back into a shot.

At 17, Greene was in a complete meltdown, crashing the driver into the trees and then seeing his punch attempt in the direction of the green bouncing off a branch and swerving sideways.

Stolz bounced back to get a birdie in the 17th green but the ghost of Green brought them together at 10 below par and Taylor, in the ninth, is back in contention in the championship.

But with the amphitheater crowd filling up at Richmond’s Eighteenth Palace, it was Greene who played the hole best. He did not allow himself to completely surrender.

Richard Greene’s victory in the Senior PGA Championship is his fourth this year. Photo: Brett Costello

“Years of experience to never let that happen,” he said of his ability to hold his own.

“You have to gather yourself, collect your feelings, and do your best in every shot. That’s what I decided to do at the beginning of the day, the beginning of the week, the beginning of this year, just to give everything in every shot.

“Fortunately, that’s what got me there in the end.”

Green is heading to the Champions Tour Qualifying School in America soon and dreams of playing in that arena in 2023.

“It tests you on all levels,” he said, “isn’t it, being far ahead, getting stuck at home.”

“In the end it was fine to carry on the way I was going in the back nine, but some self-made mistakes caused me to press down the closed holes.

“I found it very difficult to put myself together and to control it because things weren’t going my way. Obviously doing it the last time.”

Green said he had no idea his lead extended to five shots early from the back nine, but admitted he was rolling.

“At that point, no, I didn’t know. It’s nice to be in this position, but maybe once I started to look at things, maybe it was an opportunity for some negativity to come up, a compressed thought.”

“It’s just hard trying to win golf championships, whether you’re miles ahead or you’re after the stretch. It wasn’t easy.”

The Victorian leftist, a 15-year veteran of the DP World Tour who came home two years ago and is preparing for the day he can join the Over-50 circuit, has proven to be a dominant force in that arena.

The championship returns to Richmond Golf Club for the next two years.

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