January 30, 2006

Hole In One Still Ranks as Green's Top Payday

You would think that finishing tied for second in a PGA Tour event would be the biggest payday of one's brief career. After all, prize money on the tour has skyrocketed in recent year's as Tiger Woods and Co. have taken the game of golf to an entirely new level. However, for PGA Tour rookie Nathan Green, yesterday's paycheck for a top five finish still could not eclipse the amount he won for making a hole in one during the Australian Masters golf tournament in 2000. Though he finished second in that event to, Nathan managed to make an ace during the final round. The prize for that hole in one contest was a cool $500,000. Despite battling Tiger and two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal in a sudden death playoff on Sunday, Nathan only took home a hair under $450,000 for his efforts in the Buick Invitational. In two events this season, Green has two top five finishes, yesterday's T2 and a fifth place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii.