Green, Lee head Australian attack at Women’s PGA
Western Australians Hannah Green and Minjee Lee head a six-women Aussie field at tonight’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia.
Green is searching for her first title since the 2019 Cambia Portland Classic, which came just a couple of months after her breakthrough PGA Championship win – Australia’s first women’s golf major in 13-years.
In 2019, Hannah Green became the first Australian to win a women’s major since Karrie Webb in 2006 (Credit: LPGA Tour)
The 24-year-old, who is currently ranked 15th in the world, has two third-place finishes and five top-15′s this LPGA season.
“I’ve had a great season so far. I have had some top 10s. Been in contention. I don’t see why I can’t do that again this week. Major championships are long weeks, so I just want to make sure that I’m not pushing myself too early, especially with the finishing holes this week. Anything can really happen,” said Green.
“There is a lot of water on this golf course, so you can just make one bad swing and have a big number. So hopefully I keep those off the scorecard and just mentally stay within it. This is my fifth event in a row, so hopefully I don’t have too many times where I’m a little bit tired.”
Like Green, it’s been a long time between drinks for Minjee Lee. The 25-year-old also won her last LPGA Tour event in 2019 and has recorded just two top-5′s this season.
Green and Lee will be joined by Su Oh, Sarah Kemp, Katherine Kirk and Gabi Ruffels, who along with Mexico’s Maria Fassi, are playing this week thanks to a special exemption.
At just 21, Ruffels has made an impressive start to her career, recording a top-20 finish (T19, T15, T13 and T13) in all four LPGA majors she has played. In 2019, Ruffels was the first Australian to win the US Women’s Amateur.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be available to watch live in Australia on Fox Sports and Kayo from 1am-5am (Fri/Sat), 12am-6am (Sun) and 5am-8am (Mon) AEST.