Hannah Green of Australia made a surprise win at the Women’s PGA Championship, her first major title in the LPGA tour. Ranked 114th in the world before the tournament, no one expected the 22-year-old to win the tournament, but she defeated the defending champion, Park Sun-Hyun, thus winning by one stroke. She became the first winner from Australia since Karie Webb did it in 2001. It was her best game in a major event and only her second top-10 in any LPGA tournament she participated.
Ms. Green admitted that she was practically nervous in the last five but was happy to make the putt in the final hole. She later added that she always wanted to win it in front of the Australian crowd who supported her all the way until her breakthrough in the Minnesota course. After she made a key putt in the last hole, she was practically mobbed by her supporters and friend who celebrated with her in the green for her breakthrough performance in the LPGA.
England’s Mel Reid and American Nelly Korda shared the third-place finish of the tournament. With Hannah Green’s breakthrough win, the first three major titles of the year have been won by three different women. South Korea’s Ko Jin Young won this year’s ANA Inspiration tournament before compatriot Lee Jong Eun lifted the championship at the U.S. Open. There will be two more major tournaments coming with The Evian championship set to begin on July 25 in France.