Green and his Western Australian, Minjee Lee, kick off the women’s golf competition Wednesday morning at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, and take inspiration from Cameron Smith’s near miss in the men’s tournament in their pursuit of Australia’s first ever Olympic golf medal.
A groundbreaking major championship at the Evian Championship on their last start puts world number 7 Lee in the ideal mood to compete this week, but Green has been working overtime with coach Ritchie Smith to rid himself of any rust that may be there is accumulated while at home in Perth.
The 24-year-old decided to return home from America to freshen up and prepare for the Olympics and the second half of the LPGA Tour season, but a near-record rainfall in the WA capital in July made her off from a range rat to a couch potato.
“I had two weeks in a hotel and about two and a half weeks in my hometown of Perth. Unfortunately I couldn’t play at home because the weather was so bad, ”said Green.
“I didn’t really take that into account because we’re usually pretty lucky in Australia.
“In these five weeks we had winners on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour and the LPGA Tour. So it was really motivating to see everyone win and I wanted to get out of here as soon as possible.
“I am definitely motivated and hope that I haven’t accumulated too much rust in the last five weeks.
“I had a good preparation with my coach in Australia and he’s here this week. It’s really nice to have him here and I’m looking forward to coming back and playing. “
After arriving from Perth, Green was able to spend some time on Sunday afternoon following Smith’s progress in the finals. The 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Champion finished her homework on the golf course on Monday, but not before joining Team Australia, which she believes will both benefit her and Lee.
“I think we all needed it somehow, got each other on our minds,” said Green of the Australian golf rep and their teams who had dinner together on Sunday night.
“Cam and ‘Leish’ (Marc Leishman) haven’t been to Australia in about 18 months so I think it really helped them to have a room full of Australians.
“I actually had to watch Cam come down the line and unfortunately he was the last to miss the seven-way playoff.
“I was practicing while it was all happening, and I think Rory (McIlroy) had a quote that said he was never so excited about finishing third.
“It was a great finish, of course, and we congratulate CT Pan on knocking out six other players, but we’ll see what happens this week. Hopefully Minjee and I can get a podium without a playoff. “
Lee is the first Australian couple to tee off with Green on Wednesday at 11:14 a.m. AEST along with the other big winners Patty Tavatanakit and Sophia Popov, who follow shortly afterwards at 11:36 a.m. in the group with American Danielle Kang and Korean Sei Young Kim .