Hannah Green comes agonizingly close to defeating Nelly Korda at Liberty National

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Hannah Green put up a great fight, throwing the first punch to Nelly Korda for birdie on the first hole.

However, after battling with the world No. 1 all day long, Green fell just short in the game against Liberty National. She bogeyed the 18th hole and Korda made par, giving Korda her sixth title of the season and a one-stroke victory.

“It’s sad to lose to Nelly, but it’s also Nelly Korda,” Green said after the game.

“She’s obviously very dominant right now. It’s very nice to finish second behind her. Unfortunately, the bogey at the end was a little bitter, but I still fought there. Ta.”

Green missed her drive to the left of the fairway on the 18th, which sealed her fate. She then attempted to lift the ball onto the green, but the rough pulled her clubface into the grass and the ball landed to the left in front of the putting surface.

She couldn’t get up or down from it.

Meanwhile, Korda hit the fairway, hit his pitching wedge in front of the green and two-putted for par.

“Bogey on the 18th is the worst,” Green admitted.

Hannah Green made a par putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 2024 Mizuho Americas Open.
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“But I still have to think about all the shots I hit really well today and all the putts that kept the momentum going and kept me there.”

Green made some big putts, but nothing more than a par save on the par-4 ninth. That kept her momentum going, a key moment after she bogeyed the previous hole, the par-5 eighth.

“That changed the momentum and I was able to get some birdies on the back nine,” Green said of the par save on the ninth.

“I had to make sure I wasn’t necessarily looking ahead, but I probably had to slow down and see if there were nine holes or how many holes there were. There’s still a lot of golf. It was like there was something left.”

The Australian came back strongly on the back nine, matching Korda’s birdies on the 10th, 13th and 15th holes in what Korda said was his favorite moment of the day.

The match also turned into match play, as the rest of the field struggled to catch the final combinations.

“I really didn’t know what it was going to be like, especially once I realized it was kind of just between us,” Green said of his pairing with Korda.

“I didn’t look at any leaderboards, and my caddy told me it was pretty even, so yeah, it was fun playing with Nellie and making birdies to match her. So, yeah. Hopefully I can continue like this in the next event and win one of the trophies.”

The LPGA is taking a week off before heading to central Pennsylvania for the U.S. Women’s Open on May 30 at Lancaster Country Club.

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