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Australian Hannah Green wins KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Hannah Green held her nerve and saved par from

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Australian Hannah Green wins KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Hannah Green held her nerve and saved par from the bunker with a 5-foot putt on the final hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday for her first major championship, and the first by an Australian in 13 years. A tournament-low final-day 65 from Nasa Hataoka rocketed her up the leaderboard Sunday, but it proved too little, too late as Australian Hannah Green won the Women’s PGA Championship title.

"Her dad is crap at golf and I think he'd admit that," laughed Ritchie Smith, Green's coach, after the pair met when she was just 12. "Her dad's a social golfer and her mum knows very little about the sport. From a coach's perspective, that's a dream, because it allows us to build her career in our own way." She held off a strong charge from the field to become only the third wire-to-wire winner of the event, joining Yani Tseng (2011) and Pak Se-ri (1998).

Green held her nerve to the end, hitting 8-iron to 15 feet for a pivotal birdie on the 16th hole, and getting up-and-down from a bunker ono the 18th hole for an even-par 72 and a one-shot victory over defending champion Sung Hyun Park. In only her second full year on the LPGA Tour, Green became the first wire-to-wire winner of this major since Yani Tseng in 2011. She is the third player in the last five majors to make it her first LPGA Tour victory.

Green handed a young girl, Lily, in the crowd a signed ball at a previous tournament and then saw the same girl watching at Hazeltine with her father. Starting on the back nine due to expected inclement weather, the young Japanese birdied her second hole and then five of nine from the 15th onward to scrape her way into over $50,000 in prize money. Green hit a poor shot into the sand trap on the 18th and it looked like a play-off might be required but the 22-year-old recovered well and saved her par for the win.

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