30 Apr 2024 | Professional golf |

Hannah Green is now top Aussie woman

by Martin Blake

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Hannah Green celebrates on Sunday in LA. Image: Getty

Hannah Green has displaced Minjee Lee as Australia’s top-ranked female player and jumped into the top 10 in the world for the first time.

Green’s victory in Los Angeles at the weekend, her second win of the LPGA Tour season, saw her jump from No. 18 to No. 8 in the world rankings.

Lee, who has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the world, fell to No. 9 after missing the cut in LA, her second consecutive missed cut. She has been the top-ranked Aussie for all but one week – in 2021 - in the past nine years.

For the 27-year-old Green, inclusion in the world top 10 has been a long-time goal.

Her previous high was No. 13 in 2021.

This week she joined Karrie Webb, Jan Stephenson, Minjee Lee and Rachel Hetherington among Australians to have won at least five times on the LPGA Tour.

It will be a spur for fellow Perth superstar Lee, who first took over as top-ranked Australian when she took over from Karrie Webb in 2015.

For Green, the victory in LA all but confirms her place in the Australian Olympic team for Paris alongside Lee – the same pairing that represented their country in Japan three years ago, where Green narrowly missed a medal.

Both Green and Lee are entered to play in the Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey this weekend. AUSTRALIAN WORLD RANKINGS

8 Hannah Green

9 Minjee Lee

82 Grace Kim

83 Gabriela Ruffels

88 Stephanie Kyriacou

114 Hira Naveed

137 Sarah Kemp

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