Hannah Green is already thinking about Paris

Australian golfer Hannah Green clinched victory this past Sunday at the LA Championship, marking her second win of the year in a tournament on the LPGA circuit.

by Andrea Gussoni
Hannah Green is already thinking about Paris
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Australian golfer Hannah Green clinched victory this past Sunday at the LA Championship, marking her second win of the year in a tournament on the LPGA circuit. With this triumph, the 27-year-old player ascended on Monday to become Australia's highest-ranked female golfer, securing the eighth spot in the world rankings.

However, she emphasized that she doesn't take for granted her representation of her country in the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

Hannah Green, statements

Her victory at the Wilshire Country Club follows her win at the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore last month, making it highly likely that she will team up with the world number nine, Minjee Lee, to represent Australia in Paris.

"It's definitely crossed my mind," Green said regarding competing in the Olympic tournament, scheduled from August 7th to 10th at Le Golf National in Guyancourt. "Obviously, I still have six or seven weeks until the team is announced, so a lot can happen between now and then.

Now that I've had two victories this season, obviously, this... solidifies my position, but no, I don't want to assume that I'm on the team. "Whatever happens between now and then, I'll just try to play my best golf and hopefully be a part of that team." Green finished tied for fifth place at the Tokyo Olympics three years ago, four strokes behind the gold medalist, American Nelly Korda.

Hannah Green's journey in professional golf has been marked by notable achievements and milestones. Turning professional in 2016, she competes on both the LPGA Tour and ALPG Tour, showcasing her talent across international platforms.

Her early successes include two pro-am victories on the ALPG Tour, setting the stage for a promising career. In 2017, she transitioned to the Symetra Tour, where she asserted her dominance by clinching three victories, securing second place on the money list, and earning the prestigious Rookie of the Year award.

These accomplishments paved her path to earning her LPGA Tour card for the 2018 season. However, it was in June 2019 that Green truly made her mark, claiming her first major title and LPGA Tour victory at the Women's PGA Championship.

Her triumph, achieved by a narrow one-stroke margin over defending champion Park Sung-hyun, was historic, marking the first wire-to-wire win at the Women's PGA Championship since 2011 and the first major victory by an Australian since 2006.

In doing so, Green joined an elite group as only the third Australian woman to win a major, following in the footsteps of legends Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson. Prior to her breakthrough on the LPGA Tour, Green's notable performances included a third-place finish at the 2018 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and a tied 16th placement at the 2018 ANA Inspiration, showcasing her potential on the international stage.

Green's success continued to soar as she secured her second LPGA Tour title at the Cambia Portland Classic in September 2019. Her achievements were further recognized when she was awarded the prestigious Greg Norman Medal in December 2019, followed by a joint honor as the 2019 Western Australian Sports Star of the Year alongside Australian rules football star, Nat Fyfe, in February 2020.

Representing Australia at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo alongside Minjee Lee, Green showcased her talent on the global stage, finishing fifth in the women's individual golf event with an impressive score of −13 across four rounds.

Beyond her accomplishments on the course, Green serves as an ambassador for the Como Golf Academy, further solidifying her commitment to the sport's development and promotion. With a promising career trajectory and numerous accolades to her name, Hannah Green continues to inspire aspiring golfers worldwide with her skill, determination, and passion for the game.