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October 20 2011

4:41 PM

Green faces stiff challenge

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – No matter what happens this week, Nathan Green will have status on the PGA TOUR in 2012 as a past champion.

But the two-year exemption he gained for winning the RBC Canadian Open runs out this week. Adding to the challenge is that Green entered the Children’s Miracle Network Classic ranked 175th on the money list – when only the top 125 get their TOUR cards.

With his back figuratively against the wall, Green is playing well on Thursday at the Palm Course. He’s 5 under through 15 holes – which puts him one shot off the lead held jointly by James Driscoll, Arjun Atwal and Luke Donald.

Green is currently projected at No. 143 on the money list. Should he finish there, Green would get to play out of the 126-150 money list category next year.

That would likely net him in the neighborhood of 15-18 starts but without the luxury of being able to plan his schedule. Green would also be exempt into the final stage of q-school if he finishes inside 150 on the money list.

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