ON COURSE: Nathan Green is one of four Hunter players competing at the n PGA Championships at Royal Pines. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNATHAN Green expects there will be holes –periods –where his game struggles at the n PGA Championship at Royal Pines, starting Thursday.
That is the by-product of taking a step back from playing on the tour to spend more time with his young family.
But the 42-year-old Novocastrian hopes that a month of solid playing combined with a course that suits his game will be the catalyst for a strong run at the $1.5m event, headlined by Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.
“I have played well before in the PGA when it used to be at Coolum,” said Green, who tees off the 10thhole at 12.10pm.“I like the vibe of the event.I actually really like this golf course. It’s a course that doesn’t play into the long-hitter’s hands. You have to plot your way around a bit more.”
Green, who spent 10 years in the US and earned nearly $9mplaying on the USPGA and web老域名购买 tours, finished41stat the n Open last week after rounds of 71-71-70-75. He was 60that the NSW Open, his other four-round tournamentsince the Fiji Open in August.
“I’m playing OK,” Green said. “The amount of golf I have been playing, I struggle when I am under pressure. I three-putted three times last week which I don’t do. I have put that down to lack of play and hopefully this week will be a bit better. I will try and get around decent on the first day, hopefully get good conditions the next morning, and post a good score.”
Green turns back the clock for shot at PGA TweetFacebook Hunter hopefulsPictures: Fairfax photo library, AAPGreen, who returned to Newcastle in 2014, doesn’t miss“the stress” ofplaying on a major tour or the travel.
“I worry about my game, and when Ilose my game I panic a bit and have sleepless nights,” he said. “That sort of stress, I don’t miss. I mainly miss the camaraderie with the other players. I don’t miss the pressure and the grind. You know there are always going to be periods whereyou struggle. But it is still good when you put a half-decent round together.”
Green is one of four Novocastrians alongside Andrew Dodt, Callan O’Reilly and James Nitties at the PGA.
O’Reillywill be hoping for betterluck after a lost ball, and two-stroke penalty, in the second round at the n Open resulted in him missing the cut.
“On the first hole, I hit it right, down near the 17thtee and the chipping green,” O’Reilly said.“There were a lot of spectators and kids around. It was a long way right, but it was in-bounds and I would have been able to play a shot if Ifound it.It was frustrating, but I had my chances to play well enough on Friday. The damage was done round one. I had perfect conditions in the morning and shot one-over.Hopefully I can brush that off and get back to where I was playing.”