Major winner Green giving back during her downtime
Australia’s Hannah Green should have been defending the $4.3 million Women’s PGA Championship title this week at the Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania, however, the coronavirus pandemic has seen that postponed until early October.
Before that she’ll get a chance to test her defending skills at the rescheduled Cambia Portland Classic on September 17th – one of two titles she won on the LPGA Tour in 2019.
Hannah Green became the first Australian to win a women’s major since Karrie Webb in 2006 (Credit: LPGA Tour)
“I was obviously really excited for 2020 to be able to defend two tournaments (on the LPGA tour)” Green told ABC News.
“It’s going to be pretty crazy but as a blessing I get to defend Portland first so I’ll at least have some experience with it not being a major championship.”
While it’s been a frustrating start to the year, Green has put her fame and new-found spare time to good use by making herself available to play with the juniors at her local golf club in Perth.
“I asked if any of the girls wanted to join me playing and everyone pretty much put their hand up so I made a bit of a waiting list, and next week I will have played with nearly all of the junior girls at Mt Lawley,” she said.
Green, who was mentored in her junior years by Karrie Webb, has been equally keen to make sure she follows in her idol’s footsteps and gives back to the game that has given her so much.
“Hopefully I have somewhat inspired them, whether they want to become professional like me or just be a really good golfer here in Australia, it’s completely up to them.”
Green says she won’t be returning to the US for the start of the LPGA Tour on July 31st due to the 14-day quarantine restrictions, instead choosing to wait until the Ladies Scottish Open on August 13th where there are no current restrictions in place for visitors.