Green beats Goosen in Canadian Open playoff for maiden win

Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:05pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Australian Nathan Green ended a gloomy week in brilliant style by beating South African Retief Goosen on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Canadian Open on Monday.

After four days of torrential rain, thunderstorms and lightning forced the $5.1 million tournament to a Monday finish, the skies finally cleared and Green fended off a late challenge from twice-U.S. Open champion Goosen to claim his maiden PGA Tour win.

Goosen rolled in a 15-foot eagle putt on the last hole of regulation play to join Green at 18-under and put the pressure squarely on the shoulders of the 34-year-old Australian, who still had two to play.

Green, who twice birdied and eagled the 18th in earlier rounds, could not hold his nerve and settled for par to send the tournament to a playoff.

The Australian tapped in for par at the 17th to secure the title on the second playoff hole.

(Editing by Sonia Oxley)