Australian Hannah Green surrenders LPGA Tour lead to finish fifth at Palos Verdes Championship

Australia’s three-woman LPGA Tour challenge has faded as American Marina Alex surged to victory in the Palos Verdes Championship in California.

Alex shot a closing five-under 66 — to win by a shot from world number one Jin Young Ko (66) — at 10-under at hilly, windy Palos Verdes Golf Club on Sunday.

American Meghan Khang (68) and world number three Lydia Ko (70) of New Zealand tied for third one shot further back.

A one-shot overnight leader after enjoying a three-stroke second-round lead, Australia’s Hannah Green slipped to a tie for fifth, three shots behind Alex, after mixing four bogeys with her three birdies in a final round 72.

Fellow Australian Minjee Lee started the final day tied for third but fell to a tie for 13th after a 71 with three bogeys.

Minjee Lee started the Championship well, but dropped to 13th place overall. (Getty Images: Harry How)

Sarah Kemp also started the day with some chance to win from four shots back, but carded a 73 to be tied 26th.

Alex, 31, won for only the second time, adding to her 2018 Portland Classic title.


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