Form and money opening doors for Hannah Green
HAVING just broken her way into the world's top 100 players at the age of only 21, there's no doubting Hannah Green is the next big thing in Australian golf.
Green recently made her debut on the lucrative LPGA tour in America and after only two events is already within reach of securing her card for next year as well.
The Western Australian was already the talk of those in the know in Australia's golfing community long before she finished third at the Australian Open at the weekend.
But it was her 66 for the third round at Kooyonga that made many sit up and really take notice with her crisp irons and deft play around the greens.
Her earnings from her finish in Adelaide - a touch more than $110,000 - is the sort of money that opens doors to opportunities Green has been chasing hard.
"I wanted to play myself into all of the majors and I had to make quite a bit of money to do that, now I think I'm safe for at least the first couple of majors," she said.
"I think in the two weeks that I've played on the LPGA I've made more money than I did last year on the Symetra Tour in 20 events.
"It's quite different but it's really rewarding."
Green's stunning start to the year, which includes a pair of T-11th finishes at the Oates Vic Open and in the Bahamas during her debut LPGA appearance, comes on the back of last year's results on the Symetra Tour.
It's the secondary tour in the United States where the top-10 money earners for the year earn a full LPGA tour card.
The Perth girl ended 2017 as the second-highest money earner with three victories to really boost her confidence.
Green said it's now a matter of putting that confidence to good use.
"Obviously putting myself in contention last year on the Sunday and winning three events helped a lot," she said.
"Yes the LPGA is a little different in level and obviously there's the TV and fans but I kind of enjoy it so it definitely helps."
After playing at Bonville Golf Resort this week in the newest event on the Australian women's golf calendar, the Australian Ladies Classic, Green will return home for about a fortnight before heading to America to play in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix.
Once Stateside, her goal each tournament is quite simple - play good golf often.
"It's just keeping it the same, keeping it consistent so if I'm playing good golf every week I don't really mind," she said.
"I'd rather that than miss two cuts then do really well in one event then miss five cuts.
"It's just about being consistent this year, keeping my swing in the same pattern and just hitting the ball well."