Hannah Green’s days of flying under the radar are well and truly over.
The 23-year-old is preparing to compete in her fifth Women’s Australian Open this week and has decided to embrace all of the extra commitments that come her way in the wake of her stellar 2019 season.
“I definitely get more attention when I’m back in Australia … (Winning majors) can definitely get to your head and you can definitely become a different person and I hope that doesn’t happen," Green told reporters on Wednesday morning.
The reigning Greg Norman Medallist recorded her breakthrough Tour victory at the Women’s US PGA Championship last year – and she backed it up with another title at the Cambia Portland Classic in August.
Now, one week after sharing 11th place at the Vic Open, Green has turned her attention to Royal Adelaide and her national Open, where she has recorded three consecutive top-10s without lifting the prestigious Patricia Bridges Bowl.
“This is going to be my fifth Aussie Open … So I guess I’m familiar with what can happen here. There’s definitely going to be a lot more expectation on myself and I’ve got to make sure that I’m not pushing myself too hard and possibly setting myself up for failure,” Green said.
“I think it’s definitely one of the harder events to win for anyone that plays their own national Open, but I’ve had some good results the last few years and have been in contention.”
"There’s definitely going to be a lot more expectation on myself and I’ve got to make sure that I’m not pushing myself too hard and possibly setting myself up for failure.” – Hannah Green
The West Australian shared seventh place when she last competed at Royal Adelaide in 2017 and recently visited the South Australian capital to refamiliarise herself with the Seaton layout.
“I actually came to Royal Adelaide about a month ago just to try and get an early practice round in because I knew this week would be pretty busy and I would be pretty tired from all my commitments,” Green said.
“Having different shots that you perhaps wouldn’t play when you’re over in the US will be beneficial. But I think you’ve just got to make sure that you keep everything in play. It can be pretty tricky and you can short side yourself very easily on this golf course. Not always being aggressive will definitely help you in the long run.
“I’ve probably been practicing more than I have been playing, so I’ve just got to get back into the rhythm of that but there’s no reason why I can’t contend and possibly have the trophy on Sunday.”
Green – who mentioned the fairways at Royal Adelaide “look like carpet” this week – also discussed her likely inclusion in the Australian Olympic squad for Tokyo later this year.
“I love to represent Australia and I’m always very proud whenever I get the opportunity,” Green said.
“To possibly be alongside Minjee (Lee) – someone that I’ve grown up playing junior golf with and now professional golf – would be very cool to have two Western Australians in that (Olympic) team.”