WA’s newest golfing sensation Hannah Green knows there is more pressure than ever on her to perform ahead of a big European section of the LPGA, but she is using the expectations to drive her to further success.
The 22-year-old is still coming down off the high of winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last month, her first major title.
But she is busily preparing for next week’s The Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains in France, where last year she didn’t make the cut after a first-round six over par.
“I am excited to try to back it up and get back-to-back major wins,” she said. “I am not thinking about how I performed last year.
“At least now I know what the course is like and we are playing it at a different time of year. I am feeling more positive than when I went into the KPMG.
“Now that I have won one I am more motivated to work hard at home and prepare for the Evian.”
Not expecting a major win so early in her professional career, Green is trying not to put too much pressure on herself but knows she has a certain expectation to meet.
“I was hoping I would slowly have good results in good events,” she said.
“I just do not want to get too ahead of myself. Yes I have won a major, but I want to get more wins and do not want to get too cocky.”
Green is taking all the extra attention from her sudden rise in her stride and is learning how to use it to improve her game.
“I have to take it as a positive and use it to my advantage,” she said.
“I do like playing in front of crowds and having support from them because it settles me on the golf course.
“I have to try to use it to my advantage, but I probably have to stay off social media because some comments might not be what I want to see.”
Green has spent time promoting the game in WA and hopes to leave a legacy which encourages other young girls and women to take up the game.
“Golf is a very difficult sport with how long it takes,” she said.
“I would love to give back to golf here in Australia.”