‘Gruelling’ US Open test for Aussies

Australian major champion Hannah Green is no pain lover, but being “super excited” about the brutal test awaiting players at this week’s US Open says much about her major championship mindset.

The tournament is being played at the famous Olympic Club in San Francisco, the first time it has hosted the women’s US Open, and the set-up has been described as “brutal”.

Conditions have been cold through practice rounds despite the US being on the verge of summer, and even Green conceded the winner would be hard pressed to shoot under par.

But the 24-year-old, ranked 14 in the world and coming off back-to-back top-10 finishes, declared she was “super excited” to attack the “gruelling” task ahead of all players.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw the winner at over par. That’s how tough it’s playing,” Green said.

“The course is long, just because we are getting cooler temperatures, and the rough is really thick. So getting yourself around is going to be quite the tough task.

“Major championships are already a long week, but I think with having to concentrate with every shot on this golf course, it’s going to be quite gruelling.

“I’m super excited. Obviously had some good results this year and love playing major championships, so I’m super excited.”

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Green, who won the 2019 PGA Championship, heads a five-strong Australian contingent that includes fellow West Australian Minjee Lee, Sarah Jane Smith, in-form Sarah Kemp and amateur Emily Mahar.

Lee, the world number 12, made the quarter-finals at last week’s world match play event and said she felt like she had a “good chance” of making her major breakthrough this week.

“I feel like my game is trending in the right direction. I feel like it’s US Open week, it’s going to be a tiring week. Just it being a major, you just give a little bit more pressure to yourself, I think, to perform,” she said.

“I’m really excited. I think it’s anybody’s game at the moment.

“It’s going to be such a challenging week, and I think that is what makes it the most exciting.”

US Women’s Open

Round 1 tee times AEST

12.11am: Sarah Jane Smith, Kim Metraux, Gurleen Kaur (a)

12.55am: Minjee Lee, Ariya Jutanugarn, Amy Olson

1.17am: Hannah Green, Danielle Kang, Jin Young Ko

5.30am: Emily Mahar (a), Ssu Chia Cheng, Elizabeth Szokol

6.03am: Sarah Kemp, Alison Lee, Aneka Seumanutafa (a)

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