NAPLES, Fla. – Hannah Green has earned $ 974,350 in 31 events over the past two LPGA seasons.
All she needed was a check to dwarf that amount.
The 24-year-old Australian was announced as the winner of this year’s Aon Risk Reward Challenge, a year-round competition where players compete for the low grand total at specific risk-return holes all year round. Green’s prize was a whopping $ 1 million.
“It’s going to be life changing for me,” said Green, who is looking for a home in Perth despite rising property prices delaying her destination. It won’t be a problem now.
Now imagine if she won the first place check for $ 1.5 million that was presented to the winner of the CME Group Tour Championship this Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.
“I have no idea,” Green said Thursday when asked what she would do with the winner’s check. “I suppose a bigger house? I’m not sure. Maybe even a house here [in the U.S.]. I didn’t really think about it [the $1.5 million] too much, but it’s obviously in the back of everyone’s mind.
“I feel like when it goes into the bank account, you really don’t know what to do with it. Hopefully a logical purchase. “
Green wasn’t alone in her hope of buying her dream home. Jeongeun Lee6, who leads the CME after an opening round, 8-under 64, was already on the lookout, as was So Yeon Ryu, who plans to move from Dallas to Las Vegas this winter.
“I’ll just move in with my friend and see how it goes,” said Ryu. “If I can have that big check, maybe there will be more options to choose a couple of houses.”
Meanwhile, Megan Khang is looking for a house for her parents in Rockland, Massachusetts.
“I would definitely buy my mother’s dream home,” said Khang. “She always wanted that, and it was always my goal to give her what she wanted, because they gave me everything I want and need. … Ideally, I’ve told my mom we could tear the house down and rebuild it from scratch, and with the market so high right now, it’s obviously a little difficult to do. But 1.5 would definitely help. “
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Gaby Lopez also thinks of others.
“Probably just look at my family and see how I can help them,” she said.
Other players like Wei-Ling Hsu have a new car on their wish list.
“I like BMW cars a lot, so I thought I might get one,” said Hsu, who currently drives a Nissan Murano and hopes to switch to a sports car. Then what would she do with the SUV?
“Maybe give it to my father,” Hsu replied.
Or maybe Minjee Lee will take it if she doesn’t win at Tiburon on Sunday.
“I would like an SUV,” said Lee. “I have a Honda and I love it, but we can have another.”
Lee said she wasn’t a big shopper – she’s only bought one designer bag in her life, a Louis Vuitton wallet – but that can’t be said of her peer Nelly Korda.
“There have definitely been some designer bags,” Korda said of her previous major purchases. “Everything revolves around the designer. I mean, you can’t go wrong with Chanel. Louis is beautiful because the leather lasts really long. “
However, Korda, who tops the LPGA money list this season at $ 2,237,157, says she would use a potential Sunday bonus to treat her family.
“Some nice Christmas presents,” she said.
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Mina Harigae also has a guilty conscience. She and her fiance are big Jordan shoe collectors. Harigae, who wore Jordan brand golf shoes Thursday, only owns about six non-golf pairs, but her fiancé has “like 30”.
“We have a loft area upstairs,” said Harigae. “We just put all of our golf gear and all of our shoes in there. Especially when I see a really good couple, I sometimes have a hard time pulling the trigger, but if I can’t stop thinking about a couple then I’ll definitely get one. “
Harigae once spent $ 250 on a pair, which is reasonable, but remains her highest buy, but “I could splurge a bit, depending on how this week goes.”
Yuka Saso is the youngest player in the 60-strong CME field at 20, but she had the most mature answer of those surveyed.
“I’ll probably save it,” said Saso.