Born in New South Wales, Nathan Green turned professional in 1998 and during his early career, he played mostly on the PGA Tour of Australasia, and the Canadian Tour during the Australian winter. In 2000 he won the Queensland PGA Championship in Australia and the Benefit Partners/NRCS Classic in Canada.
Having failed to gain his PGA Tour card through the qualifying school, Green competed on the second-tier Nationwide Tour in the United States in 2002, 2004 and 2005. He ended the 2005 season 18th on the money list, which enabled him to graduate directly to the PGA Tour for 2006. He finished 5th in his first event on the PGA Tour, and in his second, the Buick Invitational, he made his way into a playoff for the title against Tiger Woods and José María Olazábal, but was eliminated at the first extra hole. He finished the year ranked inside the top 50 on the money list.
The 89th Open Championship was held at Gulf Harbour Country Club, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, in the Rodney District on 30 November to 3 December. This was the second European and PGA Tour co-sanctioned event and we were fortunate to be able to have nearly 40 Kiwis competing in the event, including Michael Campbell.
After a closely fought event, Australian Nathan Green was crowned as champion, finishing two shots clear of six players tied for the second position, including Michael Campbell.
Nathan had the prestigious honour of wearing a Kiwi alternative to the traditional US Masters green jacket – a Korowai – at the presentation ceremony at the conclusion of
the tournament. The Korowai, which was placed on Nathan’s shoulders by our own Michael Campbell, was presented to New Zealand Golf by an anonymous donor through the Ngaki
Tamariki Charitable Trust.
Green’s victory at the New Zealand Open in December 2006 raised him into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.
Green’s first PGA Tour victory came at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open where he defeated Retief Goosen on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Green almost lost on the first hole but Goosen missed a six-foot birdie putt that would have won the tournament. On the second hole, Green missed a twelve-foot birdie putt to win the tournament but it would not matter. Goosen had to sink a nine-foot par putt to extend the playoff but he missed it, giving Green the victory.
After Green’s exemption expired, he earned his PGA Tour card through Q School, but only finished 163rd on the 2012 money list. He split the 2013 season between the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. Green has not played a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since 2015, instead choosing to compete on the PGA Tour of Australasia.