Australia’s Hannah Green followed yesterday’s career-best round of 64 with an even better effort today when she added a second round of 63 at the LPGA Tour’s Cambia Portland Classic in Portland in Oregon to lead the event by five shots at the halfway mark.
Green, who played in the morning field on day two, took control of the tournament with an outward nine of 30 to race well ahead of the field and, adding a homeward nine of 33, she would eventually finish the day five clear of the Korean pairing of Sei Young Kim and Sun Hyung Park.
Given she missed the cut in last week’s event in Canada, it is quite a turnaround of fortune for the 22- year-old from Perth but as a major championship winner now she has greater expectations on her than ever before and is living up to them.
“I feel like I have more expectation on my now from outsiders, as well as from myself,” said Green after her round.
“But I think it’s also really a motivating thing to have ticked off a major championship so now I guess the monkey is off the back, I can and play more aggressive and some more experience for other events and other times that I’m in contention.
“I’m just happy to be in this type of position and hopefully I can look back on KPMG to have the same kind of result this week.
Although five shots ahead of two very well-credentialed players she is very much aware that the job is not yet done.
“Yeah, I just don’t want to get too ahead of myself. Obviously this is quite new to me, shooting such low scores back-to-back. I want to make sure I continue to do the same things and don’t get too disappointed if I don’t back it up with another solid round.
“Going to keep the same game plan. Doing everything much like I have. Obviously I’ve had some success with that, so just want to make sure that, yeah, I just post another low number tomorrow.”
Su Oh is the next best of the Australians in a share of 27th place, a position she shares with an improving New Zealander Lydia Ko.
Robyn Choi and Sarah Kemp also made the cut on the number.
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