Yes, it's that special time of year again for Jeff Green - the last weekend in June. It's the time that Green, for some reason, saves his best golf for.
Green did again this year as he captured the Sizzler Open at the Park City Golf Course for the second straight year, winning a sudden-death playoff with Roy Christensen."It's weird but there are certain times of the year when I play better," said Green. "I peak about this time every year."
Besides winning last year's Sizzler Open, Green remembers winning the Art City Amateur five years ago on this same weekend when he shot a course-record 61.
"Maybe it's because I realize I'm not practicing enough and I get out and start practicing more around this time," he said, in trying to find an explanation for his fine late-June play.
The 28-year-old former University of Utah golfer, who is in his first year as Stansbury Park head pro, had taken the first-round lead among the pros with a 2-under-par 70 on Saturday. However he was still three shots off the pace set by amateur Doug Roberts.
Sunday, Roberts shot himself out of it, going 5-over on the front side en route to a 79. Meanwhile, Green played steady, carding a 71, but he was caught by Christensen, the head pro at Spanish Oaks, who had the best round of the day with a 68.
Christensen's round was highlighted by a 50-foot putt for birdie at the par-4 14th hole. Other birdies came at holes 4, 7, 10, and 16. His lone bogey came at the par-4 18th hole, where he missed his only green of the day and couldn't get up and down.
Green also missed his chance to win it outright, with a bogey at No. 17. He had gone to 3-under for the day with birdies at 3, 6 and 10, but fallen back with bogeys at 11 and 14. He made a bird at 15 before hitting the sand at 17.
At the second playoff hole, Chrstensen went over the green in two after hitting his drive under a tree on the left. Standing in a sand trap and choking way down on his sand wedge, Christensen nearly made a miraculous shot out of the rough, going just 2 feet past.
Green had a 10-footer over a hump that he missed badly to the left, before knocking in a 3-footer for par. Then Christensen, who had just made the great chip and the pressure putt on the previous hole, missed his short putt, pulling it to the right and the playoff was suddenly over.
"I'm very relieved," said Green. "I thought for sure he'd make that putt after the great par putt he made at 1." Green picked up $1,175, while Christensen got $925 for second.
Two shots behind at 143 were Bruce Summerhays and Kean Ridd. Another shot back at 144 were Mack Christensen and Chris Jones.
At the Art City Amateur at Hobble Creek Golf Course Sunday, ex-BYU golfer Bruce Brockbank won with a 6-under-par 65 and a 133 total. BYU's Brad Sutterfield was second at 137.