• Unlikely parallel in Green’s LPGA title defence

Australian Hannah Green is ready to look past the disappointment of a missed cut at a major to defend her crown at the JM Eagle LA Championship, and she has history on her side.

The 27-year-old missed the cut at last week’s Chevron Championship in Texas, pointing to her disastrous start on Thursday for putting her back against the wall.

Yet if she was concerned that it will hamper her return to Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, Green needs only look back 12 months to find a formula that proved fruitful.

“Last year I also missed the cut at Chevron and came into the week and obviously won,” Green recalled.

“I am pretty good at taking results from the previous week and putting them aside, but it's maybe a little bit more pressure now that I've actually won here.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge. It helps that I like the golf course. I wish that I could say that about every course we played and had the same feeling.

“It's kind of the same when we go to Portland. I won there and had some good results and I get the same type of feelings.

“Even just playing the back nine kind of remembering the putts that I holed, I kind of recreated the putt that I holed on 18 in regulation. Just things like that really make it helpful and give me more confidence.

“I don't want to get too ahead of myself. I still need to make sure I play four solid days of good golf.”

Adding to her comfort on the golf course is the feeling of home Green is able to tap into in LA.

She has been staying with the same host family since her rookie year in 2018 and has her favourite haunts that offer a taste of home.

“The food is big here,” said Green.

“Great White is like an Australian cafe that is just across the street, so I've been there when I have a later tee time and have breakfast over there.

“Even just like the restaurants, obviously Koreatown is right down the street too, so I've had some food there.

“It's nice to be able to switch off properly.”

On the Epson Tour this week Cassie Porter and Su Oh are joined by Kiwis Amelia Garvey and Fiona Xu at the IOA Championship while Momoka Kobori is the lone Australasian in the field for the Investec South African Women’s Open in Cape Town.

Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

JM Eagle LA Championship
Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, California
12:48am          Stephanie Kyriacou
12:59am          Grace Kim
1:10am*           Minjee Lee
1:21am*           Hannah Green
1:43am*           Robyn Choi
1:54am            Karis Davidson
5:48am            Sarah Kemp
6:21am*           Hira Naveed
6:32am*           Gabriela Ruffels

Defending champion: Hannah Green
Past Aussie winners: Minjee Lee (2019), Hannah Green (2023)
Prize money: $US3.75 million
TV times: Live 8:30am-11:30am Friday, Saturday; Live 8am-11am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503 and Kayo.

Ladies European Tour
Investec South African Women's Open
Erinvale Country and Golf Estate, Cape Town, South Africa
6:35pm*          Momoka Kobori (NZ)

Defending champion: Ashleigh Buhai
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Prize money: €320,000
TV times: Live 9pm-1am Thursday, Friday, Saturday on Fox Sports 505; Live 9pm-1am Sunday on Fox Sports 503 and Kayo.

Epson Tour
IOA Championship
Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, California
Australasians in the field: Amelia Garvey (NZ), Cassie Porter, Su Oh, Fiona Xu (NZ)

Defending champion: Miranda Wang
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Prize money: $US200,000

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