Hannah Green can build career around her 'trademark courage'

Australia's Hannah Green used her superb iron play to maintain a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine golf course in Minnesota

With Webb looking on nervously from the galleries, the 22-year-old Green kept her composure to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the last, sinking a four-foot putt to pip defending champion Park Sung-hyun by a stroke.

Kay and Kim were guests at the tournament, amateur golfers who were awarded past year the scholarships from Webb's development program for Australian women that she created in 2007.

Green, in only her second full year on the LPGA Tour, is the first wire-to-wire victor of this major since 2011.

In only her second full year on the LPGA Tour, Green became the first wire-to-wire victor of this major since Yani Tseng in 2011.

Park, playing in the group ahead, was not done though.

"I always wanted to win in front of an Aussie crowd, " Green said.

"I really didn't want to play that hole again, so I'm just really happy that I made it".

Leading by one shot from Thailand's Ariya Jutanagarn going into the final round, Green got to 10-under for the tournament with a birdie on the second hole.

Reavie put the tournament away on the par-4 17th, making a 14-foot birdie putt, while Bradley three-putted for a double bogey. Green played short off the tee and hit wedge into 6 feet for a birdie, that would have given her a four-shot lead.

Green was a long way from Perth, but it felt like she had plenty of support in the Midwest.

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She steadied the ship after that and a 15-foot birdie at the 16th hole proved decisive. She also is the third player in the last five majors to make it her first LPGA Tour victory. Jutanugarn, a two-time major champion, failed to make a birdie and closed with a 77.

Green answered her final challenge with the bunker save, and the celebration was on.

She moved to 11-under with another birdie at the par-five seventh, as Jutanagarn struggled.

"I actually didn't feel too nervous the first few".

"Surprisingly I wasn't nervous on the first tee", she said, adding that Ariya had been the ideal playing partner.

In the middle of the night before the most important round of golf in Hannah Green's life, a storm rolled through that produced a crack of thunder loud enough to shake the house she was staying at with a handful of fellow Australians.

Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, young Aussie amateurs Becky Kay and Grace Kim, Victorian golfer Su Oh and Green's boyfriend Jarryd Felton all invaded the green with hugs and congratulations for the teary new champion. "I'm over the moon".

She won three times on the secondary Symetra Tour in 2017, which gave her the Rookie of the Year award and an LPGA Tour card for 2018. Green's lead after every round this week at Hazeltine: Thursday (one shot), Friday (three shots), Saturday (one shot), Sunday (one shot).

Englishwoman Mel Reid posted a six-under-par 66 to earn a share of third position alongside American Nelly Korda (71) at six under.



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