23 Apr 2021 | Professional golf |

Green fires in LA Open

by Martin Blake

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Hannah Green has added length to her driving in 2021. Photo: Getty

Hannah Green found some of her best form on her way to a 67 that put her near the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA Tour’s LA Open today.

The Australian followed up her opening 68 with a bogey-free four-under par round at Wilshire Country Club to move up to tied-sixth at seven under par overall.

She is six shots behind the runaway leader, American Jessica Korda (64-65) at the halfway mark.

“I'm definitely happy with my performance the last few weeks I've been a bit inconsistent, had a lot of bogeys on my card, and a lot of red colors on the scorecard, as well,” Green said afterward. “It's been nice to finish today bogey-free and hit a lot more greens today, which was nice.”

The Perth superstar, ranked No. 19 in the world, said her hard work with coach Ritchie Smith was beginning to pay off.

“I guess my coach and I have been working on obviously getting our club speed up, but I know that my impact position can kind of change, and that's kind of been the goal is making sure that my hands stay low and that I'm using my body to create that speed,” she said.

“I've been going to the gym quite often. I worked really hard with my trainer this off-season, so it's nice to see that I'm getting some reward with it on the golf course.”

All six Australians in the field made the cut, with rookie professional Gabriela Ruffels again showing out with a second-round 67 that puts her tied-13th.

Ruffels is trying to play her way to a full playing card on the back of sponsor’s invitations.

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