Australian Green makes golf history with win in mixed event

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Sydney (AFP) – Former US LPGA champion Hannah Green made history on Sunday by becoming the first woman to win a mixed professional golf tournament with a dominating four-stroke victory at the TPS Murray River event in Australia.

The world No. 30 overcame gusty conditions and a host of chased male rivals to shoot a final five-under par 66 at Cobram Barooga Golf Club and clinch the title.

It is the first time that a woman has won a mixed 72-hole tournament on a major world circuit at this level.

“It’s weird. Normally I don’t have golf dreams – very, very rarely – but I had one last night after winning,” Green told reporters.

“I didn’t know by how much I had won, but to have it come true is really cool.

“I feel amazing. I’m so grateful to have come,” she added, after winning the Vic Open last weekend. “It was not my intention to play, I was hoping to return to Perth.

“Things happen for a reason, so I’m really glad I pulled it off.”

Green, the 2019 U.S. LPGA champion, started the final round in a four-way tie for the lead with Andrew Evans, Matthew Millar and Blake Collyer.

But she charged flawlessly when she chipped in for the eagle on the par-five 10th hole and never looked back.

The tournament was part of the PGA Australia’s innovative player series introduced in 2021, and sees women and men compete on fitted tees, but otherwise level conditions for the same prize money and a trophy.

The previous best finish by a woman was Su Oh’s equal third at TPS Victory last year.

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