Australian major winner ties tournament-scoring record
Australia’s Hannah Green captured her second LPGA Tour trophy of the season with a closing round of 67 (-5) to finish on 21-under-par, claiming a one-shot victory over California’s Yealimi Noh at the 2019 Cambia Portland Classic.
Trailing by three strokes overnight from playing partner Noh, the 22-year-old who held a five stroke 36-hole lead made three birdies in the first seven holes to get to within one shot of the lead, before a pair of birdies for Noh reclaimed a three-stroke initiative with four holes to play.
Green never gave up.
A birdie 3 at the par four 15th reduced the deficit to two before an uncharacteristic drop shot for Noh on the 16th opened the door. Major champions have a habit of stepping up when it matters the most and Green did exactly that.
Faced with a 15ft putt to share the lead for the first time since yesterday afternoon, Green rolled home calmly, as she did on the first two days of play.
Heading down the 72nd hole with the 48th edition of the tournament on the line, Green looked the more confident of the two and when Noh flew the green with her approach shot, the odds shifted in the Australian’s favor.
A closing bogey for Noh set up a grandstand finish and Green successfully walked through the door, holing out from 5ft for victory – a similar length to the putt she held to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
‘It’s funny, I think yesterday I was more nervous than I was today because I pretty much knew it was mine to lose, having a five-stroke lead.
‘Today it felt a lot different, and I think I can definitely say that KPMG, having that experience, definitely helped me, especially the last five holes. Grinding out and making sure that I stayed patient.’
Green was quick to credit her off course activity this week, enjoying Portland’s food delights all week.
‘I’ve actually been eating out quite a lot. Every night so far, I’ve had Asian food, which I love, and then also there’s a cafe like ten minutes from here, Proud Mary, run by some Australians, so just something really close to home. I just really enjoy Portland and I think the people are really relaxed and I feel like it’s probably a close — like a city that resembles Perth, where I live.’
As a result of her victory, Green picks up the $195,000 winners’ check as well as jumping to 12th position on the Race to CME Globe
2018 champion Marina Alex put up a credible defense of her trophy, closing with a round of 67 (-5) to finish in T7 at 13-under-par