03 May 2021 | Professional golf |
Aussies On Tour: May 3
by PGA of Australia
In-form West Australian Hannah Green has conceded nerves got the better of her as she finished runner-up to Hyo Joo Kim at the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.
As Green battled to remain in contention despite not having her best stuff on Sunday, a hole-out eagle from 64 metres at the par-4 14th propelled her into a share of the lead and seemingly with the required momentum to win her third LPGA Tour title.
A birdie at the par-5 16th gave the 24-year-old a one-stroke advantage but consecutive bogeys from two three-putts paved the way for Kim to record her fourth LPGA Tour win and first since 2016.
Tied for third at the LA Open a week earlier, Green will edge closer to the top 10 when the Rolex Women’s World Rankings are updated and with the self-belief that her best golf will be good enough to win sooner rather than later.
“I don't want to sound obnoxious, but it is nice I'm not playing my best and getting these results,” said Green, whose closing 69 was run down by Kim’s 8-under 64.
“I feel like my driver was a little bit off this week, so if I can get that into gear, I feel like I can be up on top again.
“I didn't really feel like I was in it until I holed the shot on 14. That was a nice way to get my momentum.
“I made a really good putt on 16 to make birdie but obviously pretty disappointed to have two three-putts finishing.
“Felt a little nerves on the last, which is nice, because I guess having the spectators out there, it kind of meant something to me.
“I'm obviously very close, I just hope that I can continue this momentum and who knows, have a good result (this week in Thailand).”
Kiwi Lydia Ko was also in contention heading into the final round but was unable to mount a Sunday surge, while Green’s fellow Aussies Su Oh, Minjee Lee and Katherine Kirk all closed with rounds of even-par 72 to finish inside the top 30.
Despite battling a self-diagnosed bout of “man-flu” all week Queensland’s Scott Hend delivered his best result of the year and his 18th career top-10 finish on the European Tour at the Tenerife Open.
Rounds of 66-64 gave the 47-year-old the honour of being the oldest player to make the cut and in contention for a fourth European Tour title at the halfway mark, but a third-round 71 pushed Hend back into the pack.
He bounced back in the final round with a closing 4-under 67 to climb from a tie for 15th into a tie for eighth, his best result since winning the Maybank Championship in Malaysia in March 2019.
Harrison Endycott’s strong start to the year has continued with a top-15 finish at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Huntsville Championship, while Melbourne’s Julienne Soo recorded the best result of her young career on the Symetra Tour, tied for eighth at the Garden City Charity Classic in Kansas. LPGA Tour HSBC Women’s World Championship Sentosa Golf Club (Tanjong Cse), Sentosa, Singapore 2 Hannah Green 71-66-66-69—272 $US149,262 T24 Minjee Lee 69-73-70-72—284 $15,323 T24 Su Oh 68-72-72-72—284 $15,323 T28 Katherine Kirk 69-71-73-72—285 $12,351 PGA TOUR Valspar Championship Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Cse), Palm Harbor, Florida MC Aaron Baddeley 72-71—143 MC Cameron Davis 74-72—146 MC Cameron Percy 74-72—146 MC Rhein Gibson 72-76—148 European Tour Tenerife Open Golf Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain T8 Scott Hend 66-64-71-67—268 €29,957 T42 Maverick Antcliff 66-69-69-70—274 €8,290 T75 Jake McLeod 68-69-71-75—283 €3,014 Japan Golf Tour The Crowns Nagoya Golf Club (Wago Cse), Aichi T49 Anthony Quayle 68-71-73—212 ¥208,800 T49 Michael Hendry 71-70-71—212 ¥208,800 T61 Dylan Perry 75-68-73—216 ¥171,750 T64 David Bransdon 70-73-74—217 ¥167,250 MC Adam Bland 74-71—145 MC Matthew Griffin 69-76—145 MC Todd Sinnott 73-72—145 MC Brad Kennedy 74-72—146 Korn Ferry Tour Huntsville Championship The Ledges Golf Club, Huntsville, Alabama T13 Harrison Endycott 70-66-69-67—272 $US11,500 MC Mark Hensby 68-72—140 MC Brett Drewitt 68-72—140 MC Curtis Luck 70-71—141 MC Jamie Arnold 71-70—141 MC Brett Coletta 72-70—142 KPGA Tour KPGA Gunsan CC Open Gunsan Country Club (Lake Cse), Gunsan, South Korea T25 Junseok Lee 74-71-71-71—287 K3,937,500 T43 Kevin Chun 73-72-73-73—291 K2,440,000 WD Wonjoon Lee Challenge Tour Bain's Whisky Cape Town Open Royal Cape GC, Cape Town, South Africa MC Deyen Lawson 74-73—147 Symetra Tour Garden City Charity Classic Buffalo Dunes Golf Club, Garden City, Kansas T8 Julienne Soo 72-71-74—217 $US3,621 T48 Robyn Choi 75-74-75—224 $780 MC Soo Jin Lee 74-76—150 MC Stephanie Na 72-78—150 MC Hira Naveed 75-77—152 Champions Tour Insperity Invitational The Woodlands CC, The Woodlands, Texas T20 Rod Pampling 69-73—142 T45 David McKenzie 70-75—145 T56 John Senden 76-71—147
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