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West Australian Hannah Green will tee it up at the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon on Thursday evening Australian time knowing she is in with a genuine chance of capturing her second major championship.
The 23-year-old, who became only the third Australian woman in history to win a major championship when winning the 2019 KPMG Championship looked confident in her pre-tournament media conference on Tuesday adding she was heading home to watch Henrik Stenson’s win in The Open Championship in 2016 and that she was “hoping to make some of my own history here”
Green stature and confidence has been transformed over the past year since her major win and also crucially after her second win on the LPGA Tour in September 2019, when she again led wire to wire to capture the Safeway Classic in Portland.
With this win, Green proved herself and also to the watching world that she was not just a one-hit-wonder as has been the case for several major champions historically.
The West Australian comes into the event after a solid week at the Ladies Scottish Open last week where she finished in a tie for 16th place, her first tournament since the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open in February.
Green said that every club in the bag would be required at some point during the tournament, “ I think we'll actually be playing a lot of clubs in the bag. Some courses we play, we're only hitting wedges or only hitting long irons, but I think there will be quite the variety this week. I think just being on top of that.”
Green also said strategy from the tee was key, “I think definitely off the tee, you've got to be sometimes aggressive but sometimes safe. I think some holes you can get away with it but others you might have to put a little bit more into it and take a riskier shot. “
Avoiding Royal Troon’s penal pot bunkers would be crucial this week Green said, “There's obviously a lot more pot bunkers here, so I think just making sure you can control where you mis-hit it, where your second shots or your third shots are going to be, that will be the person -- whoever puts themselves in the best positions to make par will be ultimately the winner at the end of the week.”
Green will be joined in the field by eight of her Aussie compatriots; Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith, Whitney Hillier, Sarah Kemp, Steph Kyriacou and amateur Gabriela Ruffels.
Despite being Australia’s highest-ranked player at 8 in the Rolex Women's World rankings, Lee is still searching for that elusive major championship. The 24-year-old has been in good form so far in 2020 and will be looking to get off to a solid start to put her in contention.
With bad weather forecast for the first two rounds getting through the first 36-holes will be crucial, heavy rain and high winds are forecast for both days with wind gusts in excess of 65KPH expected early in round two.
With the vast majority of the leading Korean players choosing to stay at home and compete on the KLPGA tour for the time being rather than travelling to Scotland to compete this week, the Australian contingent will never have a better chance to add their name to the prestigious AIG Women's Open trophy.
The AIG Women’s Open will be played over 72 holes from 20-23rd August with 144 of the world’s leading players on show competing for their share of the US$4.5million prizemoney on offer. There will be a cut to the leading 65 players and ties after 36 holes.
The Royal Troon course will be played at a distance of 6649 yards with the par being 71.
Australian Player Tee-times
7:58 am Minjee Lee, Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang (Rd 2 time 12:38 pm)
8:20 am Hannah Green, Esther Henseleit, Brittany Altomare (Rd 2 time 1:00 pm)
9:20 am Sarah-Jane Smith, Christie Kerr, In Gee Chun (Rd 2 time 2:00 pm)
9:31 am Gabriela Ruffels (a), Catriona Matthew, Angela Stanford (Rd 2 time 2:11 pm)
9:53 am Sarah Kemp, Andrea Lee, Manon De Roey (Rd 2 time 2:33 pm)
10:26 am Stephanie Kyriacou, Felicity Johnson, Caroline Inglis (Rd 2 time 3:06 pm)
11:32 am Whitney Hillier, Charlotte Thompson, Maria Fernendez-Torres (Rd 2 time 6:32 am)
12:05 pm Su Oh, Morgan Pressel, Carlota Ciganda (Rd 2 time 7:25 am)
2:00 pm Katherine Kirk, Jasmine Suwannapura, Sandra Gal (Rd 2 time 9:20 am)
Australian viewers can watch all of the action live on FoxSports Channel 503 from 7:30 pm Thursday 13th August 2020
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