Déjà vu, Canadian Open style, once referred to the rain that kept pelting Glen Abbey day after day during this year’s national championship, causing some people to dub the 100th playing “Groundhog Day,” because each day was the same as the one before.
As it was in the movie, the reruns eventually ended as they did yesterday with yet another example of déjà vu. The last time the Open went to a Monday final, it was a fellow named Ken Green who took the title.
This time around, it was Nathan Green securing the RBC Canadian Open after a two-hole playoff with veteran Retief Goosen, who forced the extra holes with an eagle on the 18th hole. Both players finished regulation at 18-under.
With seemingly endless storms constantly interrupting play and eight holes-in-one, including an ace from Canadian Mike Weir, throughout the week, it seemed like anything was possible, so seeing a longshot from Toronto take the title didn’t seem out of the ordinary.
Oh, before you get too excited, we’re talking Toronto, New South Wales, Australia, as the home of Green, Nathan not Ken.
“Toronto is just like a small suburb,” said Green of the Aussie version. “It’s sort of got one main street. It’s a beautiful part of the world, but yeah, it’s just strange to think I’ve had three wins in my whole career and two of them have been in the greater Toronto area.”
The other one actually came in Sudbury, but close enough, because Green has always enjoyed playing here after a three-year run on the Canadian Tour between 1998 and 2000.
Green came into this year’s Open, just hoping to hold on to his PGA Tour card, but instead walked away with his first career tour win, a two-year tour exemption and spots in a variety of prestigious events including the 2009 PGA Championship and 2010 Masters, not to mention $918,000 U.S.
“The one thing I sort of realized once I made the playoff was that I was going to keep my card, which is huge,” he said.
Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., and Calgary’s Stephen Ames finished at 12-under to tie for eighth and take low Canadian honours.