22 year old Hannah Green from Perth Australia has won the women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine. She led from start to finish and she is the first Australian woman since Karrie Webb (2006) to win a major.
"I'm pretty much speechless," said Green, who led the tournament from start to finish, and was overwhelmed with emotion after the final round.
"It really is surreal."
Green had to hold her nerve on the last hole as she had to wait for the group in front to finish. She had a two stroke lead heading into the last hole but saw it cut to one as S.H Park who was playing in the group in front drained a birdie at the last.
Green had never won a tournament on the LPGA and was ranked 114th
in the world had a long approach shot into the 18th
. At her press conference she said she tried to hit it back right but she pulled her 2nd
shot short left. Needing to get up and down to win her first tournament and major she hit her bunker shot to 5 feet. All eyes were on her now as she needed to hole it to win the women’s PGA Championship and she stroked it right into the middle of the hole.
As she holed the putt it was nice to see all the Australian competitors and friends run onto the green to congratulate her.
‘‘I was really nervous the last five holes and just really - I made a clutch putt and that was kind of got me through another one.
‘‘To make the one on the last is really is surreal. Obviously I heard Sung made the last one, knew I needed to make par.
‘‘Didn’t want to play that hole again [in a play-off]. I’m really happy I made it.’’
‘‘It’s awesome. I’ve always wanted to win in front of an Aussie crowd. I felt even that’s what it was like today. Anything to just be winning in majors the first event.’’
After her round at the press conference Green talked about the Karrie Webb Scholarship and what that has meant for her as a young professional. The winner of the scholarship is awarded of a cheque of $10 00 for travel to event but Webb who is arguably Australia’s best golfer also became a mentor for Green.
“Without a doubt, just getting to know Karrie. Getting the money is a bonus, but staying in a house with her, literally I guess breathing on her, watching what she does in a tournament at a major, watching from outside the ropes, it definitely gave me a big insight into what tour life was.”
No doubt this win will do a lot of Australian women’s golf as we have many bright prospects on the LPGA tour.