Nathan Green: New Zealand golfer the first amateur to tee-off at Augusta

From the section Nathan Green played as an amateur at Augusta National before turning professional New Zealand golfer Nathan Green is the first ever Black professional to tee off at Augusta National. He tee-ed…

Nathan Green: New Zealand golfer the first amateur to tee-off at Augusta

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Nathan Green played as an amateur at Augusta National before turning professional

New Zealand golfer Nathan Green is the first ever Black professional to tee off at Augusta National.

He tee-ed off in the first round of the PGA Tour’s Coca-Cola Open as a professional for the first time on Thursday.

The world number 175 has not played a major tournament since 2007.

Although the decision to let Green play on the pro tour may have surprised most, it did not surprise those close to him.

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Simon Jones, BBC South

Green had never previously played at Augusta National, but he claimed he had been there plenty of times as a spectator.

He said he made a special trip to Augusta one day for a meeting with former world number one Tiger Woods’ management company, and met him afterwards.

Having won almost £1m in his seven years on the European Tour, Green’s real ambition was to play at Augusta.

He looked more nervous than anyone at the tee-off of the first hole at 7:20 BST, but then gave himself a little margin for error.

This is the first time an amateur has ever played in the first round of a PGA Tour event, but it is another unique experience for Green.

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