Winning at home as big as a major: Green

Hannah Green
Hannah Green at the 2019 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

One of the few things that hasn’t changed in Hannah Green’s life in the last 24 hours is her desperation to win her national Open.

Having already ticked winning a major championship off the bucket list at just 22, the West Australian wonder still has her eyes firmly set on winning on home soil.

Speaking to media from the airport in Minnesota on her way back to Perth, Green reaffirmed her desire to win the ISPS Hands Women’s Australian Open in the new year.

“I think it will be the toughest tournament I’ll win, to win on home soil,” Green said.

“I definitely still regard winning the Australian Open just as big as winning a major. Just because it is so tough.

The new World No.29 always feels the love from the home crowd and that will likely go up a few notches next year.

But Green believes learning to deal with the extra attention is crucial to producing her best golf in Australia.

“Obviously you’re playing in front of a home crowd so there is some added pressure,” Green said, “but then also everyone is cheering for you the most.

“Having this major title now gives me a lot of confidence for next year.

Added confidence for the Mount Lawley member should send a scare through the 2020 field at Royal Adelaide, with Green notching top 10s in the Open in each of the last three years.

Ahead of her breakout rookie season in 2017, Green was in the thick of things at Royal Adelaide on her way to a T7 finish.

The following year at Kooyong, only a rampant JY Ko – who has rocketed to World No.1 – and future star Hyejin Choi could hold off Green as she finished outright third.

And in February, Green recovered from a missed cut at the ISPS Handa Vic Open the week before to grind out a T10 result at The Grange, kickstarting what would become a life-changing season.

“I really like Kooyonga and I really like Royal Adelaide so there’s two courses I’m really familiar with and had good results in last time I played there,” Green said.

“Im hoping maybe next year I can get the monkey off the back.”

There’s no doubting yesterday’s win at Hazeltine won’t change Hannah Green one bit, but the down to earth youngster will need to learn to live like a major champion.

Thankfully, as all of Australia’s next generation of stars do, she’s got seven-time major champ Karrie Webb in her corner.

"She said this would obviously open more doors for me in terms of possible sponsorships,” Green said.

“She said if I’m ever stuck or confused or just need someone to talk to, she’s not playing the next three weeks, so she’s going to be free. If I need some advice or just someone to chat to she said she’d happily be there for me.”

“She’s obviously been in this position before with the media and the attention. I think she’d be perfect to fall back on and lean on for some advice.”

For now, it’s back to Perth and her beloved Mount Lawley to celebrate with those that have pushed her to the top of the women’s game.

But Green will get a crack tag doubling her major tally soon enough, with the Evian Championship in early August and the AIG Women’s British Open at Woburn the following week.

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ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
Pos.CountryPlayer TotalToday
1 KOR I.Park -141
2 USA A.Olson -11-3
3 FRA P.Delacour -100
T4 USA M.Alex -92
T4 CHN Y.Liu -90
T6 FRA C.Boutier -82
T6 KOR A.Cho -84
T6 USA C.Kerr -8-4
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