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STARS TEE OFF AT VIC OPEN

Hot start to Vic Open

- ALEX OATES

VICTORIAN Richard Green credits a hot summer in the Middle East for his stunning start to the Oates Vic Open.

Green, who drew worldwide attention after nailing a hole-inone in a par four during Wednesday’s pro-am at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links, continued his whirlwind run with a course record in the opening round.

European Tour winner Green fired a six-under 66 on the Creek Course to break Troy Tainton’s record of 68.

Victorian Kristopher Mueck would later share in the spoils, carding 66 to be joint leader with Green and Queensland­er Daniel Nisbet heading into Round 2.

Mueck and New Zealander Jared Pender (five-under) were on track to top Green — moving to seven-under — before stumbling in the final few holes.

Green, too, missed a golden opportunit­y to smash the record when he double-bogeyed the 17th, his eighth.

“It was really the only blip of the day. It’s pretty rare to get through a round of golf without something happening,” Green said. “Unfortunat­ely it cost me more than I would have liked and I nearly got away with a bogey. The putt breezed out a bit, so I was unfortunat­e.

“I didn’t hit as good a drive as I wanted to off the tee and I left myself a long way in and the wind was picking up at that time and grabbed a hold of the ball and I ended up in the water.

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Picture: GLENN FERGUSON CONTINUED Page 45 JOINT LEADER: Richard Green on his way to a course record yesterday.
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