Hannah Green can build career around her 'trademark courage'

Ross Houston
June 25, 2019

Webb knew early on what the rest of the world found out at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, where longshot Hannah Green led wire-to-wire to become the third Australian to win an LPGA major, joining Webb (seven) and Jan Stephenson (three).

She built a handy lead in the final round before all but frittering it away with three bogeys in a four-hole stretch around the turn.

"We wanted to do something as a family and dad and I got to play while mum would caddy for me", Green told Golf WA in 2017.

Park Sung Hyun, who sank an 18-foot birdie putt at the final hole to get to eight-under overall and put added pressure on Green's finish, fired a four-under 68.

"To win a Major as my first event I am so over the moon", said Green.

An LPGA Tour win suddenly looked like it would come sooner rather than later.

The protégé of LPGA Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, who came to the United States only four years ago to follow and cheer for her Australian compatriot, performed as though leading a tournament was familiar territory. Became the 37th player to make a major her first LPGA Tour victory. That was her third bogey in four holes, dropping her to 8 under. It was a poem she wrote to Green, along with the words, "You can win this".

On the same hole, Jutanugarn's errant tee shot sailed into the deep right rough, forcing her to take a drop.

She said a missed putt earlier in the final round nearly shook her off her game.

Green and Jutanugarn both said the front nine felt like match play, with no one else closer than five shots.

Green battled a nasty, cold rain without waterproofs in the opening round. "You want to hit it as hard and far as she does".

"I was really nervous playing the last five holes", Green said, her voice cracking with emotion.

"I start choking up thinking about how much winning this event would change her life and how proud I was of her", an emotional Webb said.

The best thing about Hannah Green is she's probably a better person than a golfer.

"Pretty disappointing to end with a three-putt".

Pitt said the triumph of Green, a member of Golf Australia's rookie professional program, would resonate strongly with Australian girls.

Englishwoman Mel Reid posted a six-under-par 66 to earn a share of third position alongside American Nelly Korda (71) at six under.

Sei Young Kim of Korea started the day at 2 over and finished at 4 under, thanks to timely birdies. "I made birdie, she made birdie. I'm really happy I made it". "I could hear that, so I was just trying to stay a little more aggressive".

The Perth native capped her win with a nerve-wracking four-foot putt on the 18th for her third birdie of the round to reach a nine-under 279 total at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

"Then making the putt on 16 obviously relieves everything".

Two-time LPGA Tour victor Jimin Kang was the only current teaching professional in the field to make the cut in this week's championship.

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