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Green rips up record books

Hannah Green
Hannah Green is all smiles in Portland today.

Hannah Green made a couple of record book alterations in round one of the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic.
Today, though, she got fair dinkum.
Green, 22, broke her round one personal best 64 with seven birdies and an eagle today in a breath-taking new mark of 63.
The West Australian's 127 two-round total was two shots better than the tournament's previous best 36-hole mark and good enough for a five-stroke lead, the largest halfway buffer in the LPGA Tour this season.
But in typically understated fashion, the Mount Lawley member kept her eye on what's still to come, rather than basking in her stunning achievements.
"This is quite new to me, shooting such low scores back-to-back," sai Green, the winner of the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
"I want to make sure I continue to do the same things and don't get too disappointed if I don't back it up with another solid round.
"I'm going to keep the same game plan. Doing everything much like I have.
"Obviously, I've had some success with that, so just want to make sure that, yeah, I just post another low number tomorrow."
Green returned to her old putting stroke at the recent Ladies Scottish Open and it has paid great dividends in the opening rounds in Oregon.
"Growing up, I used to putt conventionally and about three years ago, I went to left hand low," she said.
"At the time it was better for me just to get wrist action out of it, but I actually feel a lot more solid than I do left hand low.
"It's just more of a feel thing. I mean, I don't know if my coach was happy about it. He did ask me whether I really needed to do it, but I think just for a pure confidence thing, that's what I wanted to do."
It’s taken Green a few weeks to truly feel her putting coming together, as she tied for 55th in Scotland and missed last week’s cut in Canada. This week in Portland, however, has been a different story. She has taken just 50 putts over her first two days, tied with Muni He and Yealimi Noh for the fewest in the field.
She dropped a 10m eagle bomb on the fifth hole to strech her lead and missed just two of 18 greens.
But it wasn't all Green with Korean Sei Young Kim also blazing her way around Columbia Edgewater Country Club, carding 11 birdies en route to a tournament record of 11-under 61.
Just a few groups before Kim, 2019 LPGA rookie Sarah Schmelzel shot a 10-under 62, which tied the previous tournament scoring record held by Marina Alex (2018), Austin Ernst (2013), Beth Daniel (2003) and Annika Sorenstam (2002).
Of the other Australians, Su Oh fired a 67 to reach seven under and a share of 27th, while Robyn Choi and Sarah Kemp sneaked into weekend action at three under and a share of 66th.
Katherine Kirk remarkably missed the cut at -2.
 
LEADEROBARD

Hannah Green made a couple of record book alterations in round one of the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic.

Today, though, she got fair dinkum.

Green, 22, broke her round one personal best 64 with seven birdies and an eagle today in a breath-taking new mark of 63.

The West Australian's 127 two-round total was two shots better than the tournament's previous best 36-hole mark and good enough for a five-stroke lead, the largest halfway buffer in the LPGA Tour this season.

But in typically understated fashion, the Mount Lawley member kept her eye on what's still to come, rather than basking in her stunning achievements.

"This is quite new to me, shooting such low scores back-to-back," sai Green, the winner of the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

"I want to make sure I continue to do the same things and don't get too disappointed if I don't back it up with another solid round.

"I'm going to keep the same game plan. Doing everything much like I have.

"Obviously, I've had some success with that, so just want to make sure that, yeah, I just post another low number tomorrow."

Green returned to her old putting stroke at the recent Ladies Scottish Open and it has paid great dividends in the opening rounds in Oregon.

"Growing up, I used to putt conventionally and about three years ago, I went to left hand low," she said.

"At the time it was better for me just to get wrist action out of it, but I actually feel a lot more solid than I do left hand low.

"It's just more of a feel thing. I mean, I don't know if my coach was happy about it. He did ask me whether I really needed to do it, but I think just for a pure confidence thing, that's what I wanted to do."

It’s taken Green a few weeks to truly feel her putting coming together, as she tied for 55th in Scotland and missed last week’s cut in Canada. This week in Portland, however, has been a different story. She has taken just 50 putts over her first two days, tied with Muni He and Yealimi Noh for the fewest in the field.

She dropped a 10m eagle bomb on the fifth hole to strech her lead and missed just two of 18 greens.

But it wasn't all Green with Korean Sei Young Kim also blazing her way around Columbia Edgewater Country Club, carding 11 birdies en route to a tournament record of 11-under 61.

Just a few groups before Kim, 2019 LPGA rookie Sarah Schmelzel shot a 10-under 62, which tied the previous tournament scoring record held by Marina Alex (2018), Austin Ernst (2013), Beth Daniel (2003) and Annika Sorenstam (2002).

Of the other Australians, Su Oh fired a 67 to reach seven under and a share of 27th, while Robyn Choi and Sarah Kemp sneaked into weekend action at three under and a share of 66th.

Katherine Kirk remarkably missed the cut at -2.

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