Third time lucky for Hannah Green at the WA Open?
The most in-form player at the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open isn’t one that usually springs to mind at ISPS HANDA PGA TOUR of Australasia tournament.
West Australian sensation Hannah Green is teeing it up this week at Royal Perth Golf Club fresh from securing her LPGA tour card for 2018.
Hannah Green secured her third win on the Symetra Tour recently (Credit: Symetra Tour)
Having turned Professional at the end of 2016, Green spent this year competing on the Symetra Tour where she finished second on the Order of Merit thanks to 12 top-10 finishes, including three victories from 20 starts.
“It’s been a great year; I won three times this year which was my goal so things have been in a really good place,” said Green.
“I got my LPGA tour card a couple of weeks ago. I sealed it probably four or five weeks ago but I actually won two of the last three events that I played so that was pretty cool.”
“I have played my best golf the last couple of weeks so that has been a real positive coming into this week. The last six weeks my confidence has really grown.”
This is the third time that Green has teed it up in the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open. She made her debut in 2013 and then played again in 2015 as an amateur.
“It’s nice to be home in WA and I am excited to play in front of a home crowd this week,” added Green.
“This is my first year as a Professional and little things are different now. I have learnt what to do on Tour which is definitely going to help me this week.”
While her goal is to make the cut, a feat no woman has achieved in an ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournament, Green is aware that the men in the field have a distinct advantage.
“I am going to be hitting 4 irons and they are going to be hitting 8 irons. I played a practice round with Oliver Goss, Jarryd Felton and Min Woo Lee. I would hit a good drive and they were still 40m in front of me,” added Green
“I made a couple of birdies out there so it wasn’t too bad but I had completely different clubs into holes than they did.”
“So I need to play smarter this week than maybe I would at a Symetra event.”
However what Green lacks in distance she makes up for in course knowledge having played numerous times at Royal Perth Golf Club.
“I have played many junior tournaments, pennant and amateur events at Royal Perth so I am very familiar with the course. This is probably only the second event of the year that I am playing a course that I know well,” added Green.
Green tees off in the first round of the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open at 7.30am tomorrow (19 October) playing alongside fellow West Australian and former champion of the tournament Daniel Fox as well as Victorian amateur Zach Murray.
Joining Hannah Green in the field this week is defending champion Curtis Luck, ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth champion Brett Rumford and 2012 WA Open champion Oliver Goss.
In addition to the winner’s share of the $100,000 prize purse, the champion will receive Official World Golf Ranking Points and be fully exempt onto the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of the 2018 season.
Source – PGA Australia