Hannah Green said there wasn’t a number in her head as she embarked on the third round of the Honda LPGA Thailand. After a 71 on Friday, Green knew catching Patty Tavatanakit’s lead would be hard work. A bogey-free 64 on Saturday was enough to get the two-time LPGA Tour winner and major champion within three strokes of the lead at -15, a surprise even to Green.
“I was really surprised. You know, all the par-5s Patty can easily reach in two, so I kind of thought she would at least be into the 20s. So when I saw her 15-under I was very surprised. But, again, this is her home event. She's played really well the first two days. It really is hard to back it up, and some people think it's easy, but it is hard to try and win an event,” said Green. “I'm still super happy with how I played.”
Green said she’s finally starting to feel comfortable on the Old Course after not getting in the usual practice routine after inclement weather caused delays on this past Wednesday. “So I played the front nine on Tuesday as my practice round and then the back nine Wednesday as my program. But because we had some delays Wednesday afternoon I barely saw the 18th hole, so I was texting one of the girls and asking, Where do I miss it if the pin is here?” said Green, who is making her first appearance at Siam Country Club. “A lot of my friends have played here numerous times, so was trying to get some help from them.”
In her last three events, Green has entered the final day in ninth place or better. She finished in second last week at the HSBC Women’s World Championship and with a potential victory again within her grasp, Green wants to be as aggressive as she can on her final day in Asia.
“I don't want to sound cocky, but I hit the ball really well today. Like I said before, gave myself a lot of putts. Made more putts that were straight. So, yeah, it's nice to see that the hard work that I put in my pre-season is paying off while I'm playing,” said Green. “Hopefully I can have the same again tomorrow.”