Richard Green was born on this day in 1971, in Melbourne, Victoria. He turned professional in 1992, and joined the PGA Tour of Australasia the same year.
Green has been a member of the European Tour since 1996, with his first win coming at the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic, where he became the first left-hander to win on the European Tour since Bob Charles at the Swiss Open in 1974. His consistent performances in 2004 took him to a career best European Tour Order of Merit finish of 17th. That same year he won the MasterCard Masters, which is one of Australia’s most prestigious tournaments, and also topped the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Order of Merit. In 2007 he won his second European Tour event at the BA-CA Golf Open in Austria.
Green holds a share of the course record at Carnoustie with a 64, achieved in the final round of the 2007 Open Championship. The round saw him jump 27 places on the last day of the tournament to finish in a tie for 4th with Ernie Els.
He has featured in the top 30 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Green is also a keen motor racing fan and owns a Porsche 911 racing car in which he has competed in the Australian GT Championship on occasion as touring schedules allow, including racing on the support card of the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.