BIG YEAR: Nathan Green at home with wife Michelle and their child, Taylor James, six months, yesterday.NATHAN Green reckons the experience of having his US PGA Tour career teeter at the abyss will reinvigorate his golf.
The Toronto touring professional produced a stirring revival last week to retain his US tour card through the Q-School by the narrowest of margins.
A final day bogey-free round of six under allowed him to clinch the final card at PGA West in La Quinta, California.
This year had been one of extremes for the 36-year-old.
While he struggled on the golf course to finish 168th on the US money list, he and wife Michelle celebrated the birth of their first child, Taylor James, in June.
The family returned home to Coal Point on Friday from the US, before Green flew to Melbourne last night to prepare for the start of the Australian Masters at the Victoria Golf Club on Thursday.
Unlike most of the year, Green will carry confidence to the Masters after his dramatic Q-School fightback.
‘‘I’m looking to the future of how many more years I want to be over there for and I don’t think I realised how much I wanted it until I nearly lost it this year,’’ Green said yesterday of the US tour.
‘‘I didn’t give myself much of a chance, but in the one event I really needed to dig deep and pull something off, I was able to do it.
‘‘The most pleasing thing about the tour school was that most people had written me off, including myself, to some extent. It was a great feeling at the end of the day, knowing I’d achieved something that, in the back of my mind, I didn’t know if I still had it.’’
Green blamed his poor form this year on complacency and a lack of hunger to maintain high intensity at practice.
‘‘I’ve always been a guy that can train a lot, but what I was doing wasn’t always that productive, it was just about putting in the hours rather than proper practice and actually working towards something,’’ he said.
‘‘While I probably haven’t said it in the past I think I’ve always enjoyed the process of trying to improve and trying to become a better player and compete at the highest level.
‘‘That has probably faded in the last couple of years and I was going through the motions and just trying to creep by.’’
Green will not have the luxury of picking and choosing events this year, because of his low ranking.
The 2009 Canadian Open winner’s first task will be earning decent money in the opening seven events to gain a higher ranking.
‘‘I think that it’s a good thing as I’m going to have to approach every event like I have to make the most of it every week,’’ he said.
‘‘I can’t be thinking I’ll step up next week as there mightn’t be a next week next year.’’