Hannah Green – file photo
Hannah Green has finished in a share of 3rd at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at the Wilshire golf Club in Los Angeles and two shots behind the winner, Brooke Henderson.
Green’s final round of 66 was the equal best of the day and saw the 24 year old West Australian record her best finish of the season, although recent indications have suggested she was close to this sort of performance.
Green who is only the third Australian female to win a major title, had finished 12th and 14th in her two previous starts and she indicated earlier in the week that work with her coach on building clubhead speed is beginning to show benefits.
“I think putting has been pretty key for me, but then also hitting greens in regulation. You know, now that I have shorter shots in, I expect that my greens in regulation stats will go up a bit higher. That was probably the key to me having the good results this week was making sure that I was missing it in the right areas and hitting a lot of greens.
“I feel like I’m pretty close. Nate and I, my caddie, have been talking about it, and we feel like we’re not far off a win.
“Hopefully Thailand and Singapore, be my first time, so excited to get over there and see what can happen.”
The highlight of Green’s round was when recording an eagle at the par 4 14th which she all but drove and converted when putting from just off the green and when she birdied the 15th to follow, she was not without hope of winning the event.
Green is currently ranked 18th in the female game and might improve a place or two as a result of this week’s effort.
Gabi Ruffels continued her impressive rookie season on the LPGA Tour when she finished as the next best Australian in 17th place. For Ruffels it was a nice reversal from a missed cut in Hawaii last week.
The winner Henderson, secured her 10th LPGA Tour title. She leads by one over Jessica Korda.
The event finished a day earlier than normal in order to allow players to head to Singapore for the first of two events in Asia.