(Reuters) – Australian Hannah Green made her first LPGA Tour victory a major when she won the Women’s PGA Championship by one stroke from South Korean Park Sung-hyun in Chaska, Minnesota on Sunday.
Green got up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the final hole, sinking a clutch four-foot putt for the victory at Hazeltine National.
She carded an even-par 72 to complete a wire-to-wire triumph.
Green finished at nine-under 279, while last year’s champion Park (68) birdied the final hole for second place on 280.
“I was really nervous playing the last five holes,” Green said, her voice cracking with emotion.
“To be winning a major as my first event, I’m really over the moon.”
The 22-year-old from Perth, Western Australia, came into the championship ranked 114th in the world.
She built a handy lead in the final round before all but frittering it away with three bogeys in a four-hole stretch around the turn.
She steadied the ship after that and a 15-foot birdie at the 16th…
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