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Green still leads Women's PGA

Hannah Green
Hannah Green unloads a drive during the second round at Hazeltine today. Image: Getty

Australia’s Hannah Green is chasing the victory of her lifetime at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Minnesota – and doing a very decent job of it with a three-shot lead.

Perth’s Green, 22, stood atop the leaderboard in the women’s tour’s third major of the season for a second consecutive day at Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis today after a second-round 69 to go with her opening 68.

She is three shots ahead at seven-under overall, in just her seventh start in a major, with a plethora of world No. 1s in her wake. Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (four-under) is the closest, but Lydia Ko and Sung Hyun Park, are at three-under and in range.

It is heady territory to say the least for the young woman from Mt Lawley Golf Club in Perth. Green’s previous best finish in two seasons on the LPGA Tour is seventh in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in 2017.

Her three previous wins as a professional were on the secondary Symetra Tour in 2017, when she first secured her playing rights on the world’s biggest tour.

Green made three birdies on the par fours but her par at the 12th hole was the most spectacular of all, coming after she put her second shot into a pond short and right of the green. After taking a penalty drop, she proceeded to hole out from 50 metres.

 “I didn’t even think I hit it in the water, didn’t think it was that close,’’ she said later. “I was upset that I hit it there because it was quite a silly mistake. I just wanted to get it close, make sure it stayed on the green on the right tier. When it went in, I just laughed. Like, I haven’t had this much luck in the last two years in a long time.”

Green also holed out from a bunker in the first round, joking about the ball rolling for her over the opening two days at Hazeltine. “I hope it can stay the next two days,” she said.

Minjee Lee (four-over) and Su Oh (five-over) were the other Australians to make the cut.

Catch the third round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship live on Kayo tomorrow from 5-8am AEST. Sign in or subscribe for a 14-day free trial using this link: https://bit.ly/2wu1edA

MEANWHILE on the Symetra Tour, Australia's Steph Na is tied for the lead at the Island Resort Championship in Michigan.

ON THE US PGA Tour, Jason Day roared around TPC River Highlands with a seven-under par 63 to move into contention at the Travelers Championship.

Day is four shots from the lead held by Zach Sucher of the United States.


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Posted by rodney (perthWA) at
23/06/2019 02:07 PM
hi Hannah, keepcool an have a open mine just think your on the greens in perth, cheers all the best .

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