CHASKA, Minn. -- Australia's Hannah Green became just the fourth player in history to lead wire-to-wire and win the 65th KPMG Women's PGA Championship, shooting a final-round 72 at Hazeltine National on Sunday, June 23, for a one-shot victory.
Green finished at 9-under 279, just ahead of defending champion Sung Hyun Park of South Korea. Park, a six-time LPGA winner including this year's HSBC Women's World Championship, fired a final-round 68.
"I'm pretty much speechless," said Green, 22, whose previous best finish this season was a tie for 10th at the Women's Australian Open in February. "I was really nervous playing the last five holes and I'm just really happy that I made a clutch putt (at 18) because that was kind of what I was struggling with in the middle of the round. To make the one on the last really is surreal."
Green opened with two birdies over her first seven holes then stumbled with three bogeys on Nos. 9, 11 and 12. She earned one back with a birdie at the par-4 16th and got up and down out of the greenside bunker to save par at 18 and capture her first LPGA title in the tour's third major of the year.
"It's awesome," said Green, who was rushed by fellow Aussies, including golfing great Karrie Webb, after her final putt on 18. "I've always wanted to win in front of an Aussie crowd, but I felt like even though I'm not in Australia that is what it was like today. And to be winning a major as my first event -- I'm just soaking it in."
Park, 25, started the day five shots back but started gaining ground with three birdies over her first 11 holes. She had one bogey at 12 then rebounded with birdies at 15 and 18 to finish alone in second place.
"Overall I think I did pretty well," said Park, who is No. 4 in the Rolex rankings. "There were a lot of putting that didn't go in, but I was really glad to make that birdie putt on 18. I wasn't too nervous when the game ended. I think I would like to congratulate Hannah Green."
Finishing tied for third at 6 under were Nelly Korda (71) and England's Mel Reid.
The 31-year-old Reid, who has made just five cuts in 11 starts this year, shot the low round of the day and the tournament with a 6-under 66. After starting bogey-birdie-bogey, she made four more birdies on the front nine and three more on the back, including finishing with birdie at 18.
"Obviously the season I've had, like I said, I found something last week and I think we just -- I think making the cut on the number last week was a turning point for us. I definitely found something," said Reid, who moved to the U.S. in October and changed her coach, caddy, equipment and trainer.
"I always said it's going to take a while for me to catch up because obviously with the new trainer it will take a while for my body to adapt. I mean I'm feeling like it's catching up. I hit it really, really good this week."
Americans Danielle Kang (70) and Lizette Salas (72) finished tied for fifth place at 5 under, while a trio of South Koreans finished tied for seventh at 4 under: Mirim Lee (69), Hyo Joo Kim (70) and Inbee Park (71).
Knotted in a tied for 10th were South Korea's So Yeon Ryu (68), New Zealand's Lydia Ko (68), Megan Khang (70) and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (77).
Jutanugarn, the former world No. 1, started the day one shot back of Green but failed to get any momentum going and carded five bogeys and no birdies on her round.
Current world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, who has two wins this season, including the season's first major, had a three-birdie, three-bogey round of 72 and finished tied for 14th at 2 under.
No. 2-ranked Lexi Thompson struggled through her final round with two birdies and four bogeys to shoot 74. She finished tied for 26th at 1 over.
Canada's Brooke Henderson, who won last week at the Meijer LPGA Classic, started hot with four birdies on the front but carded two bogeys on the back to shoot 70. The 21-year-old finished at 2 over and tied for 30th.
Jimin Kang, the only club professional to make the cut, shot 80 to finished tied for 78th at 15 over.