Hannah Green of Perth, Australia leads after the first round of the 2019 Women's PGA Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Course at Chaska, MN.
Green, in her second year on the LPGA Tour, has not yet won a tournament and has only one top-10 finish this year.
But even bigger than the stipend for Green was the real performance bonus: an all-expenses-paid trip for the program's two top amateurs to spend the week with Webb during a major championship and to observe her preparation and performance. She had another 70. "They're not going to hurt me". "I hope that continues".
She was alone in second place, while defending champion Park Sung-hyun (71) and New Zealand's Lydia Ko (70) were equal third on three-under. "I made a few mistakes out there that I have to clean up tomorrow".
"It was still quite a tough pitch shot", she said.
"So, you know, I just was overly optimistic about how I could play this week and the status of my wrist". "First year I can remember in a long time where I'm pain free and it's feeling really good". "My caddy and I both really weren't prepared for the rain".
"When you think about all the travel we've done and how much last week takes out of you", he said. I don't know what I was doing on that hole. I just heard the crowd roar. "I still had fun today, just stuff is hard".
Green needed just 23 putts on Thursday and her best shot came on the par-five seventh when she holed a bunker shot for a birdie.
From a young age, LPGA Hall of Famer Karrie Webb took note of Hannah Green's mental strength. She opened with a 15-foot par putt.
Patience was the key for Jutanugarn, who started going low on the front nine after a birdie at No. 1, an eagle at No. 7 and another birdie on the No. 9.
The highlight of Green's round came when she pitched in from 60 yards to save par.
"Every bit of my body wants to play and it (was lousy) sitting out of the U.S. Open", she said.
Green, a three-time victor on the Symetra Tour in 2017, is in her second full year on the LPGA Tour. "That's my first one all week", Green said. She was happy to be playing golf again, which made her score feel even worse.
We're not trying to jinx you Chez, but if you do hang on to grab your second career PGA Tour title on Sunday, you're going to make a little personal history.
"I didn't own a pair of rain trousers". She had Greg Norman as her idol and had a similar scholarship.
"I can't put any pressure on her".
As for Wie, she was headed to Florida to find answers, unsure when she would play next.
"I'm pretty much speechless", she said through tears.
Thailand's Jutanugarn had trailed by three shots at the end of the second round but closed the gap with a four-under 68. She has five LPGA victories, most notably the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014, most recently the HSBC Women's World Championship at the start of the 2018 season.
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