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PGA Tour caddies dream lives on

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Damon Green’s one of the best players toting a bag on the PGA Tour.

Zach Johnson’s caddie, who has gained a higher profile of late with his “acting” role aside Johnson in a series of McGladrey financial services commercials, would like one last chance to see what he can accomplish as a player. He turns 50 on Nov. 1. That’s also the same day he’ll tee it up in a first-stage Champions Tour Q-School qualifier at MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando.

“I still love to compete,” Green said. “I only get to play maybe three times a month, but I still remember how to play. The dream still lives on.”

Green was practically a mini-tour legend. He won 64 times on mini-tours around Florida and other parts of the country. In 1994, he missed earning his PGA Tour card by one shot at the final stage of Q-School and played the Nike Tour the following season. In ’95, he looked like he was going to win his card and shot 40 on the final nine holes at Q-School, missing by four shots. Green’s a three-time winner of the annual PGA Tour Caddie Tournament.

Making it to and through Champions Tour Q-School’s a tough proposition. Just five players will earn fully-exempt privileges at Champions Tour Q-School’s final stage at Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla., Nov. 16-19.

“I’m going to give it my best,” Green said. “If it’s not good enough, I’ll still have a caddie job, hopefully.”