With two rounds left to go in Naples, Fla., major winner Hannah Green shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to sit in solo fourth heading into the weekend at the CME Group Tour Championship. Green said a win would be the perfect birthday present, as the young Australian turns 24 on the final day of the Tour Championship.
“We were fortunate enough to have the events we had this year, and very fortunate CME has helped us out along the way. I hope I can get a win this year and sneak one in on my birthday,” said Green. “It's strange to be in an event [during my birthday,] and I'm planning on driving back to Orlando, about a three-hour drive. I'll mainly be by myself, but if I had a trophy in the seat next to me, I would be very, very happy, so we'll see what happens.”
Green said she’s never played in a Tour event in December, and normally she would be celebrating with friends and family in Perth. She said it’s strange to be at an event, but going home on Sunday with a trophy would be the best bonus of 2020. In 2019, Green won both the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Cambia Portland Classic. Winning this week would be her first victory of the season and her first top-10 finish, though she has recorded three top-15 results this year.
“I feel like I'm hitting a lot of fairways and greens, which is really important here. Also miss-hitting it. It's easy to miss greens here, so making sure you don't short-side yourself and leave yourself in the best possible place to make up and downs. I think I've done a great job with that,” said Green. “Over the last couple weeks, it's been a struggle dealing with the cold. I'm not used to those temperatures, so it's nice to come here and be able to just wear one layer and feel where your swing is.”