Green saves best for last, ties course record with 64
Jack Newton's Open scoring record at Carnoustie stood for 35 years. It took less than 24 hours for it to be broken twice. A day after Steve Stricker shot 64, Australia's Richard Green tied it with a 64 of his own in the final round.
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.com Contributor
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- It was close. Very close.
All that stood between Richard Green and sole possession of the course record at Carnoustie Golf Links was an S of a curve that started just before the hole, hugged it and left him with a tap-in for bogey. And a 64.
And a share of the course record.
Green came out of nowhere Sunday morning to throw out his 64 and shoot up the leaderboard before coming to rest at 5-under 279. Just low enough to allow the leaders to give pause, just high enough to leave him on the outside looking in for the next four hours.
"I thought it was obviously going to be fantastic to make that putt and I gave myself as good an opportunity, I read it as well as I could possibly have read it," Green said. "And probably hit as good a putt as I was going to hit and just missed on the low side, which was a shame. But I suppose it was a little bit disappointing not to have posted 6 under for the tournament and not have a better chance to win the tournament.
"But I was walking off after that, I was very happy with my round of golf. It leaves me in good stead for the rest of the year. Obviously playing well in a British Open and if not a win, it will be probably my best result in a major tournament and the British Open, as well. It left me with some good experience, and hopefully I'll contend in some more."
Green, a 36-year-old lefty from Australia whose first win was in a playoff with Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam in 1997 in Dubai, threw out matching nines of 32 to become the second player this week to tie the record. Steve Stricker tied it Saturday. And, yes, he knew he was moving up the leaderboard.
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"I guess I had my focus on shooting the course record for some reason," he said. "I had 8 under in my mind. I guess having that focus 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. I was pleased with that."
Green made the recent BA-CA Golf Open his second win earlier this year. He's playing in both the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.