Green defeats Cullen in playoff to win Vic Open
Richard Green has won the 2015 Oates Vic Open following a two hole playoff at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links.
Starting the day three shots off the lead, Green, playing in the second last group, fired a 5-under 67 to finish regulation play on 16-under 272.
Richard Green holds the 2015 Victorian Open trophy (Credit: PGA Australia)
Green then watched on as fellow left-hander and Australian Masters champion Nick Cullen birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff.
It took just two playoff holes for Green to win the Oates Vic Open with birdie.
A three time winner on the European Tour, Green has been a strong supporter of the Vic Open and was proud to finally place his name on the trophy.
“It’s been a long time coming, I have wanted to come back to win and support the tournament and finally after 23 years of trying I have got it finally,” said Green.
“The last few years I have thoroughly enjoyed coming here to play, it’s one of those tournaments that I have wanted on my list, more so than some other around the world, it’s been very important to me.”
It’s been a week of highlights for Green who started by scoring a rare hole-in-one on the par-4 15th during the pro-am.
Hollywood couldn’t have written a better script with his fiancée Marianne Skarpnord joining him in the winner’s circle with her victory in the Ladies Oates Vic Open.
“It’s incredible. I’ve seen what Marianne has been through in the last few months with her game and her wrist injury. I’ve seen an immense amount of work put in by her and I’m very proud of her,” said Green who was on the range preparing for a playoff when Skarpnord sunk her final putt.
“I would have loved to of been there for her but it’s the way it panned out, to be in contention for the men’s tournament, I had to keep warm and fortunately that helped me stay focused to continue in the playoff.”
Skarpnord summed it up best when she said it’s been a fairytale finish.
“It’s almost a dream come true – a fairytale. We got engaged last week, we moved into the house (at Thirteenth Beach) on Monday, Greeny had an albatross on Wednesday and here we are today both winners,” said Skarpnord who is a three time winner on the Ladies European Tour.
Finishing two shots outside of the playoff and tied third on the leaderboard were Scott Arnold and leading amateurs Ryan Ruffels and Ben Eccles.
On 13-under 275 and tied 6th were Adam Bland (SA), Gareth Paddison (NZ), Dimitrios Papadatos (NSW) and Matthew Millar (ACT).
New Zealander Nick Gillespie rounded out the top-10 on 12-under 276.
Source – PGA Australia