Major champion Hannah Green wins Vic Open; three decisive points in The Open

BARWON HEADS, Australia — Former United States Women’s PGA Champion Hannah Green won the Vic Open by six strokes after closing with a 1-under 71 on Sunday.

Green, who won the Women’s PGA Tour on the LPGA Tour in 2019, returned from a three-month layoff to claim her first professional title in Australia with a 276-by-13 under 13th Beach Golf Links.

She had bogeys on the second and seventh holes but birdied three over the final seven holes to extend her margin in windy conditions.

“The Vic Open was my very first professional event, so it definitely has some special memories for me coming here; pretty random memories, but great memories,” said Green, who won his first two US titles. United. “It’s just a stepping stone and will give me positive vibes.

“It’s nice to finally have my name on a real trophy here.”

Karis Davidson and Whitney Hillier started and ended the final round with a share of second place, both finishing with even 72s. Hillier narrowly missed a birdie putt on the final hole that would have earned him second place.

Su Oh and Cassie Porter tied for fourth at 5 under.

The Vic Open offers a men’s and women’s tournament in mixed groups.

Dimitros Papadatos, Ben Campbell and Matthew Griffin qualified for the 150th British Open in July as the top three in the men’s tournament.

All three players received British Open 18th hole flags after clinching their places.

Papadatos was 6-under 66 in his final round, closing with a birdie to finish at 21-under 267 and win the Vic Open for the second time. Campbell (66) and was one stroke behind and Griffin (70) finished in third place at 16 under.

John Lyras, who led the tournament after each of the first three rounds, was fifth at 14 under after a final round of 74.

Needing an eagle last to secure third place in British Open qualifying, he hit his tee shot into the rough on the left, his second shot into a greenside bunker and stole his third shot at the beyond the hole. He also narrowly missed a birdie putt, which cost him fourth place in the tournament.

The British Open from July 14-17 will be played at St. Andrews on the Old Course. Following the cancellation of the New Zealand Open this year due to quarantine restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the qualifying places have been allocated to the Vic Open.