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Green Forging Ahead In Indiana

Probably too far back to win but Hannah Green continues a great week in Indiana (Photo: Bruce Young)
Western Australia’s Hannah Green continues to lead the Australian charge at the LPGA even in Indiana where a third consecutive sub 70 round has her just outside the top 10.

With the leaders going low on day three at The Brickyard course Green stayed in touch with another solid round, five birdies against a one bogey taking her to 12-under for the week and T11.

She trails leader Lizette Salas by eight shots, however, as the field took advantage of soft conditions caused by yesterday’s heavy rains.

Salas signed for a 8-under 64 to Get to 21-under for the week but is just two ahead of Amy Yang and Sung Hyun Park who posted a 66 that could heave been two shots better.

The reigning Women’s PGA Champion was cruising at 8-under for the day and one ahead when she wracked up a costly six at the par-4 16th to fall one behind.

Low scoring was the order of the day with defending champion Lexi Thompson also firing an 8-under 64 to be outright fourth and four behind.

Green, who hit all 14 fairways and all 18 greens in Friday’s 67, was again in good form with three straight birdies from the third.

A stumble at the eighth was her only blemish of the day though an immediate bounce back birdie at the ninth saw her to the turn 3-under.

Another at the tenth seemed to indicate a hot run was coming but the birdies dried up and the impressive rookie finished with a run of seven straight pars.

While no doubt pleased with her play, Green will also be somewhat disappointed not to have capitalised on a brilliant start but in current form something in the mid to low 60’s tomorrow is not out of the question.

Green is easily the pick of the Australians with Katherine Kirk the only other to survive the 36 hole cut but well down the standings. Kirk posted a 2-under 70 on day three to move to 7-under for the week and T48.

Sarah Jane Smith, Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Rebecca Artis all missed the final two rounds after the cut fell at 3-under.

Lee and Smith were just one shot the wrong side of the number while Oh was two shots outside and Artis five.


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