The Australian Open has added some more star power to its return edition this summer with major winner Hannah Green promising to play.
Green, new to this month’s Women’s Open, was announced in Melbourne on Monday as the event’s latest coup.
The 25-year-old is one of four Australian women to have won the 2019 PGA Championship and will be returning home after a strong year, although she was disappointed to fall in the Women’s Open at the weekend.
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Green has six top-10 finishes this year, including a top-five at the Women’s PGA Championship, and was on her way to a strong finish at Muirfield until losing over seven over the final two rounds.
With a big final season in the books, the Australian is looking ahead to the months ahead, which include a return home for the historic edition of the Australian Open.
In the year Not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the showpiece event will return at the same time as the men’s, women’s and all-skills competitions.
It is the first National Open in the world to combine men’s and women’s fields, and the prize money for both events is the same. $1.7 million AUD each.
“When I heard the men’s and women’s open were coming together for the first time, I knew I wanted to be there,” said Green, who joined TPS Murray River and won the Vic Open on her last tour.
“We’ve never had a concept like this with men and women playing on the same courses at the same time… and to book a spot at the National Open for the first time would be something special.”
Australians who have pledged to return for the summer are increasing by the week after Lucas Herbert and Min Wa Lee confirmed they will play soon.
World No. 49 Herbert missed both the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland, held at Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Dec. 1-4, a week earlier.
Lee – now ranked 66th in the world and with three top-30 finishes this season – will play on the latter sanctioned by the DP World Tour.
Meanwhile, Aussie golf fans are still waiting to hear if Open Championship winner Cameron Smith, who has not played competitively in the country since December 2019, will return.
Smith confirmed last month that he will spend an extended period in Australia this summer to spend time with family and friends after a three-year separation.
But whether that stint will include playing in the Australian Open or the Australian PGA Championship — he’s won the latter twice in the past — is unclear.
His next career move after the FedEx Cup playoffs is unclear as he is linked with Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series – something he says he hasn’t ruled out.
Smith said. Fox Sports After winning the Claret Jug, the plan is to play in both Australian events, but that’s not a priority.
“My priority during those weeks is to meet up with family and friends. After Christmas, I might stay a while and have a good time,” he said. Fox Sports.
“I’m really looking forward to this. You really have no idea. It’s been three years since I’ve been home and it would be great just to see some familiar faces.
Meanwhile, another big name Aussie Mark Leishman confirmed foxsports.com.au Last month, he was eager to return to these shores, although there was no agreement.