OPINION

Hannah Green tops the golf world - and Google

Picture: Jamila Toderas
Picture: Jamila Toderas

IT'S one of those backhanded compliments, when your name tops a Google search.

This week, for one happy Australian, it was a backhand of Dominic Thiem dimensions.

And, early on Monday morning, it probably even neared Justine Henin proportions on the epic scale.

That is, when you tapped "Hannah" into the search engine, top of the pops was Hannah Green.

"Uh-huh", you might well say. "Hannah who?"

Suffice to say, she's gone and knocked the likes of Hannah Montana into silver.

She then pushed the now globally significant Hannah Gadsby into the brown medal position.

Hannah Green is a 22-year-old golfer from Perth.

You must remember her - she won the Pennant Hills Pro-Am in 2017 and pocketed $4500.

Still no? Well, whatevs - she was ranked 114 in the world.

Then she won the Hazeltine National in Minneapolis on Monday.

It doubles as the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

It's big. BIG. If the money matters to you, it's $831,109 big.

The fact that Green managed to lead the prestigious event from go to whoa is even more impressive.

And that her mentor, a fellow Aussie, was there to join in the celebrations is even better.

Her mentor? Well, it just happens to be the last Australian winner of a LPGA major - Karrie Webb.

Webb has won seven majors, so she knows all about golfing goodness.

And for the past 12 years, she has fostered young talent through an eponymous scholarship.

Green has twice benefited from that scholarship.

Part of the deal is that the scholarship's winners get the chance to spend an entire week with Webb during the Minnesota event.

And so, Webb invited into her home this year's scholarship winners - Becky Kay and Grace Kim.

Also there was Hannah Green.

Kay and Kim, all of 20 and 19 years of age respectively, watched on as Green put a hand on Kerr's mantle of world golfing greatness.

Do you think that they might have been inspired?

Janine Graham is an Australian Community Media journalist