Green leads Ariya by one shot at Women's PGA

Green leads Ariya by one shot at Women's PGA

PERTH'S Hannah Green has become Australia's first female golf major victor since 2006 after a stunning triumph in the Women's PGA Championship this morning. And that's as it should be as Lee - a rare natural talent and more physically gifted golfer than Green - is already a five-time victor at the top level and seems destined to win multiple important championships. Luck is part of every win, Webb told her. Embrace it, don't be embarrassed by it.

"I start choking up thinking about how much winning this event would change her life and how proud I was of her", an emotional Webb said.

With a victory at the Birmingham Classic, Barty became the first Australian woman to reach No.1 since her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley did in 1976.

"The last three days I'm really happy about how I play because I feel so free", she said. But Bradley chipped away and got within a stroke on the par-4 15th when he made a 7 1/2-foot birdie putt after Reavie missed an 11-footer.

The only player in the field to record four sub-par rounds this week at par-72 Hazeltine was Sung Hyun Park (70-71-71-68), who finished runner-up, one shot back of Hannah Green.

WICHITA, Kan. - Henrik Norlander and Bryan Bigley were headed to the second hole of a playoff in the Wichita Open when darkness suspended play.

Green carded nine-under to join Jan Stephenson and Karrie Webb as Australians to win a major tournament. Now she's a major champion. Green saved par with her comeback putt.

Green had a one-shot lead going into the final round as she sat on a 54-hole lead for the first time in her career with no less than four Major champions within striking distance, comprising Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Park Inbee and Danielle Kang.

The Aussie managed to hit the front of the green on her approach for a long uphill first putt, which she left 10 feet short. Green, who had given Lily Kostner a golf ball at the ANA Inspiration this year, read the poem and hugged the girl, and then drilled another tee shot to birdie range.

"I caught myself a few times getting ahead of myself for Hannah".

Mel Reid closed with a 66 and posted at 6-under 282.

Nelly Korda was within one shot until a soft bogey on the par-5 15th.

However, Green found herself with a good lie and nipped the bunker shot nicely, before sinking the putt, leading to a teary celebration as her boyfriend, compatriot Karrie Webb and several friends rushed onto the green. On Sunday, she followed in Webb's footsteps by winning the Women's PGA Championship, becoming the third Australian to win a major.

Former touring pro and renowned course architect Mike Clayton said it was pleasing to see world No.114 Green, relatively unheard of to the rest of the sporting world, reach her potential.

The surprise was Ariya Jutanugarn, who started the final round one shot behind on a course that measured almost 6,800 yards, ideal for her power.



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