Green picks up good vibrations

Hannah Green almost shocked the world last year when third at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

It was no shock to anyone to see her so prominent again today.

The West Australian, who has made no secret of her love for her national championship, carded a quality 68 today to nab a share of sixth after day one at The Grange in Adelaide.

That her round came at the breezier end of the day made it even more meritorious.

“I was just talking down the 18th hole that the girls were almost spinning it back to that pin (this morning), and we were really nervous about going over the back,” Green said.

“So I'm excited for our morning round (tomorrow). Even if there is a little bit of wind, that is fine.  But hopefully it is calm.

“I just wanted to make sure that I was at least under par today and I really had the putter rolling, so it was nice to see some long putts go in and also be pretty good with my short putts as well.

“So, yeah, I'm very happy with a 68 today.”

Green missed the cut in last week’s ISPS Handa Vic Open, but said she’d quickly put that out of her mind.

“I actually didn't hit the ball too bad on that Friday morning round. Unfortunately, I just got myself into three bad positions and couldn't recover.

“So I felt like my game was pretty close, considering that was my first week back after a couple months off.

“I have been really working hard on my short game, because I felt like even though it wasn't bad last week, I know it can always improve.

“I just have great confidence coming back to this golf club. Obviously (I have) good memories from last year … so definitely good vibes.

“My dad's here.  I have a great host family and some members from Mount Lawley (her Perth home club) are here.  So, yeah, I can't complain.”

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WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Pos.CountryPlayer TotalToday
1 USA N.Korda -17-5
2 KOR J.Ko -15-8
3 TPE W.Hsu -12-4
T4 JPN H.Nomura -11-2
T4 USA A.Yin -11-6
T6 ESP A.Munoz -10-7
T6 CAN A.Sharp -10-4
T8 ENG J.Ewart Shadoff -9-1