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Caddie Damon Green advances in Champions Tour bid

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Damon Green followed his own advice.

He “played to his strengths and managed his risks” and by doing so advanced to final stage of Champions Tour Q-School.

Green, Zach Johnson’s caddie, gives the above-mentioned advice in his role in the McGladrey commercials that have been airing this fall. He showed this week he can do more than pull clubs. He can swing them pretty good.

Green tied for 12th in the first-stage Q-School qualifier at MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Green was tied for first entering the final round but shot 77 Friday in cold, heavy winds.

“I played like a caddie,” Green said. “I wish I could have played better today, but the object was to advance. I feel good about doing that.”

Green will tee it up at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla., Nov. 16-19 in a rigorous final stage of Q-School. More than 70 players will be vying for just five fully exempt spots onto the Champions Tour next year with another seven earning conditional status.

Green, who played the Nationwide Tour when it was called the Nike Tour and once missed winning his PGA Tour card by a single shot, isn’t planning to give up his caddie duties even if he wins a spot on the Champions Tour. He said he would schedule starts around Zach Johnson’s schedule if he realizes his dream later this month.

“I’m still a caddie,” Green said.