Hannah Green – file photo
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and West Australian, Hannah Green, are once again poised to challenge for an LPGA Tour title, the pair two and three shots respectively off the 54 hole pace at the Honda LPGA Thailand event in Chonburi in Thailand.
Ko’s 5 under par round of 67 and Green’s 8 under 64 continues some excellent form from the pair, Green having finished runner-up in Singapore last week after bogeys at her final two holes and Ko finishing inside the top ten in three of her last four starts including a win in Hawaii three weeks ago.
Green was at one stage tied for the lead during round three but strong finishes from those behind her on the golf course saw her now tied for 6th.
The lead is held by Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit who recovered from a mid-round struggle to birdie three of her last five holes to lead by one over Germany’s Caroline Masson and yet another Thai the 18-year-old Atthaya Thitikul.
Katherine Kirk is the next best Australians at 11 under par and seven shots from the lead.
Following her near miss last week Green suggested she needs to focus on her own game tomorrow rather than perhaps watching what is going on a around her.
“I think I’ve always been one to look at leaderboards, so I got to make sure I’m focusing on my own game and not getting too caught up,” said Green.
“It’s a birdie-fest again this week, so making sure I’m giving myself the best opportunities to make birdies and pars, that’s probably what I learned from last week and hopefully, yeah, capitalize on all the opportunities I give myself.”
It is Green’s first appearance in the event and once again she has opened up a chance two win a third LPGA Tour title.
Following her runner-up finish last year Green has moved to 13th in the Rolex World Ranking – her highest standing in the game.