Hannah Green: The Quiet Achiever
Hannah Green has rightfully taken the golfing world by storm after winning the US Women’s PGA Championship over the weekend.
Before Sunday’s victory, the 22-year-old had never even won an US LPGA Tour event, yet has claimed one of women’s golf’s coveted majors. Her biggest win in Australia was $4500 for taking out the Pennant Hills Pro-Am in Sydney in 2017 before this A$831,109 windfall at Hazeltine National in Minneapolis.
Hannah Green (Credit: LPGA Tour)
But Green’s victory should not have come as a surprise.
Green claimed worldwide recognition in 2017 following a stunning rookie year which culminated in her being named the Symetra Tour Rookie of the Year after winning three times and, most significantly, earning a place among the elite of world women’s golf on the LPGA Tour.
It was a victory done in style as Green went wire-to-wire to claim her first major and was able to hold off two-time major winner Ariya Jutanugarn and three more major champions within six shots with one round to play.
“It’s awesome. I’ve always wanted to win in front of an Aussie crowd and that’s what it was like today,” said Green during this morning’s teleconference organised by Golf Australia.
“I can’t believe I’m in this position. I mean, I’ve always wanted to win an event and to win a major Championship as my first event is crazy. I’m coming home to Perth to celebrate and catch up with my Aussie friends I’ve missed.”
Green entered the tournament with a world ranking at No. 114 and without a top-10 finish since her fine summer streak in Australia in February-March when she excelled at the Women’s Australian Open (10th), Australian Ladies Classic (2nd) and Canberra Classic (8th).
With the victory goes the spoils, including a 5-year exemption on the LPGA Tour.
“That’s kind of nice to know I can play now for the next five years without having to even think about retaining a card.”
“I really want to win in Australia and that’s my next goal, to win in front of a home crowd.”
Every player aims at winning a major and Green has achieved this in under four years on tour since turing professional in 2016. As an amateur in Western Australia, Green was at times overshadowed by higher profile players. Yes, Green got a look, but considerable focus and resources was directed towards others.
That’s the beauty about Green’s approach to the game. I’ve observed her always as quietly confident and assured of herself despite the inevitable ups and downs of professional golf.
“I kind of just stay positive,” said Green. “Golf is a strange game and you have to roll with it. I’ve got a wonderfull support team around me and I draw off that. In some ways I’m very fortunate and I really appreciate the support I have.”
Green became the first Australian women’s golfer to win a major since Karrie Webb at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2006 and jumped 85 spots to No.29 in the world rankings.