Nathan gives the green light for Aussie return

It was always his intention to return to Australia “one day”.

And Aussie professional Nathan Green can probably console himself with the fact he spent a lot longer playing the US Tour than he ever dreamed of.

Nathan Green Nathan Green (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Yet now the popular Newcastle professional has decided it’s time to “pull stumps” in the US and bring his young family home to Australia before they are old enough to start school.

Green, 39, and his wife Michelle, a former leading amateur golfer, have two children Taylor, three, and one-year-old Jesse and have been basing themselves in Dallas, Texas for the past couple of years.

Yet now Green has found he’d rather be spending time with his family than trying to take down the best players in the world from week to week and he’d like to give his own parents the chance to watch them grow as well.

“I still love playing and competing but not being competitive isn’t much fun,” Green said last week.

“You burn through the cash pretty quickly playing on the [secondary] Tour too.

“I’m not completely closing the door on the US but for now it just seems like the right decision.”

“While we love living in Dallas, we are happy to head home and have the kids grow up around their grandparents and family.”

Green is also honest enough to admit that even though he won the 2009 Canadian Open, beating two-time major champion Retief Goosen in a playoff, he hasn’t been as competitive in the past couple of years.

“Certainly my priorities have changed on weeks off, and I haven’t been playing or practising enough to get my game back to where it needs to be,” he said.

Green, who will practise at Toronto Golf Club in Newcastle, where his brother Darren is resident professional, plans to play the $2m Perth International in October before tackling the rest of the Australasian Tour event.

A win in any of those events might force him into considering a return to the US PGA ‘cauldron’ at some stage.