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Green recaptures lost winning feeling

By Robert Grant 12/12/2004 07:47:41 PM Comments (0)

New Australian Masters champion Richard Green admitted he became directionless after beating some of golf's biggest names seven years ago.

But as he rifled a pressure-packed seven iron to within a metre of the pin at the first play-off hole at Huntingdale to set up his first home soil win, he knew he was back on track.

It took several years following his play-off victory over Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam in the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic to zero in on success - now he plans to hold captive that new determination.

The 33-year-old Victorian left-hander clinched the tournament he most wanted when he sunk that birdie putt at the 18th to defeat West Australian Greg Chalmers and Victorian David McKenzie in another three-man play-off.

"It's a complete dream come true to win the Masters," Green said.

"Out of the Australian tournaments and some of the worldwide tournaments that I play it's the one I want and I'm so relieved to have got it.

"Hopefully now we can work on getting a few more of them over the years to come.

"It's just a huge relief. I didn't really want to become a player who played very well internationally and won tournaments and didn't win here in Australia and I feel I've got that little bit of an issue off my back."

His win earned him $225,000 and won him the 2004 Australasian PGA Tour Order of Merit title with $365,017 in prizemoney along with invitations to the British and US Opens.

Green fired a final round 67 to add to earlier rounds of 69-67-68 to finish 17 under par 271 alongside McKenzie and Chalmers.

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