Victorian Richard Green edged Englishman Phillip Archer at the fifth playoff hole to claim the WINSTONgolf Senior Open, his second Legends Tour title of the season.
A week out from the Senior Open at the King’s course at Gleneagles, Green added to his Jersey Legends victory in his Legends Tour debut with a second playoff triumph.
Buoyed with the belief that he can contend in any senior event that he plays, the 51-year-old said it was nice to capitalise on his recent good form with yet another win.
“On top of the world; it feels fantastic,” Green said.
“I’ve not won twice in a season before. It’s usually taken me a decade to get another win under my belt but to win twice this year is fantastic.
“I loved it in Jersey, and I’ve loved here too.
“I’m pleased that I went home after the US Senior Open worked on a few things and got them right and I’ve come back.
“I feel like I’ve got it where I want it to be to contend again.”
Green began the day one shot behind the leader and home favourite Bernhard Langer but posted a four-under par 68 to head into a playoff with Archer (67).
Green and Archer parred the first four holes – playing the 18th three times and the 10th once. At the fifth playoff hole Green made birdie, sinking a six-foot putt as patience prevailed in the key moments.
“If it doesn’t happen really quickly – say the first hole – it just comes down to patience,” said Green, who defeated 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie in a playoff at Jersey.
“I just kept telling myself you’re good enough to do this just be patient just wait for your opportunity. Keep hitting good golf shots which I was fortunate enough to do.
“I had a couple of shaky putts but was fortunate enough to make the next one so I kept myself in it and that opportunity at the last was a great wedge shot.
“I just thought, I am standing over this putt I’m just going give this a go. You’ve got to give this a go. It’s just patience when it’s going on like that for a long time but your adrenaline’s pumping and you’ve just got to try and remain focused.”