HIT AND MISS: Nathan Green in action during the Australian Masters at Victoria Golf Club.NATHAN Green will reassess his putting style for next year’s US PGA Tour after his form on the greens cost him a chance of winning the Australian Masters on Sunday at the Victoria Golf Club.
The Toronto touring professional was equal third at nine under par, four shots behind 54-hole leader Geoff Ogilvy and two adrift of eventual winner Ian Poulter, going into the final round.
But eight bogeys on Sunday ruined his winning chances and he finished equal ninth with a five-under total of 279 – 10 shots behind Poulter.
‘‘I still finished top 10 but I felt going into the last round that if I played the way I had been I was a chance, but it depended on what the top guys did and Ian had an unbelievable round,’’ Green said.
‘‘The first two rounds I was doing it pretty cruisy and hitting them solid.
‘‘I had seven or eight three-putts for the week, which isn’t good, but I gave myself opportunities and my attitude was good until the last seven or eight holes when I ran out of steam.’’
It is the high number of three-putts which is Green’s main concern heading into the Christmas break.
This season Green has switched mid-tournament between a normal and cross-handed putting grip, and he did so again at the Masters.
‘‘I putt decent cross-handed, so if I feel a bit nervous I can change and it doesn’t affect me a great deal,’’ he said.
‘‘I’d prefer to putt normal handed, but sometimes it doesn’t feel too solid. I’m going to have a look over the next couple of weeks before I head back to work out what method or what I’m going to use.
‘‘I’ll have to persist with what I’m doing or try something different.’’
The cross-handed grip allows your shoulders to line up square with the target, but has an uncomfortable feel.
Green has always used a short putter but said he was open to trialling a belly putter or a long putter, which Australian Adam Scott has switched to with success.
Today Green will line up at Cypress Lakes for the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic.
His celebrity partner at the annual social charity event will be Channel Nine sports presenter Tim Gilbert.
‘‘It’s a bit of wind down and I’ve only played at one tournament in Australia this year so I haven’t really caught up with many of the people there,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s like a Christmas party for golfers.
‘‘I came through the Jack Newton Junior Golf program, so it’s always something I’m happy to come back for.’’