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NAPLES, Fla – Hannah Green will finish way behind the winner in the CME Group Tour Championship, but it’s a week no one will feel bad for the Australian.
Green will leave Tiburon Golf Club with a check for $ 1 million as the winner of the Aon Risk Reward Challenge for 2021.
“I haven’t even made that much money in two seasons,” said Green, “so it hasn’t quite got there yet.”
The Aon Risk Reward Challenge is a seasonal competition on both the LPGA and PGA tours (Matthew Wolff won the men’s competition) in which Aon selects risk reward holes in each tournament and the lowest cumulative score in proportion wins the main prize at par.
Green, who won the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, bird 72 percent of the Aon Risk Reward Challenge Holes and did not bogey at any of the Challenge Holes throughout the season.
“I try to be aggressive on the golf course. I have the feeling that I can show that side of myself there, ”said Green. “I just thought it was a great concept and it was really cool to have the opportunity to do it every week.
“It was just something I really wanted to win, especially when it came to the crisis.”
Ally Whittaker made comments at the AIG Women’s Open in August, telling Green that she leads the overall standings. Whittaker is a friend of Green, and at this point Green was focused on winning the $ 1 million.
She changed her schedule and didn’t make it in the Pelican Women’s Championship last week.
“Just shows how important it is for us LPGA players to skip an event,” said Green.
With her winnings (Green’s career earnings are $ 2,262,361, more than a quarter of which came from winning the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship) Green said she plans to buy a home. She had planned to do this big purchase in Australia for the off-season, which she said was very difficult as someone who does a sport for a living.
While Green won’t win the record $ 1.5 million prize at this week’s LPGA Tour season finale (she laughed earlier in the week that if she won, she’d just buy a bigger house), she’s already looking forward to it reaping the rewards of tackling the greatest challenges the LPGA Tour had to offer in 2021.
“For me,” said Green, “it’s going to be life-changing in a way.”