There’s only one event left for the season in the LPGA’s Aon Risk Reward Challenge, and it will take something heroic to knock Australia’s Hannah Green out of the top spot.
Green has withdrawn from next week’s Pelican Women’s Championship, which means that she can’t move from her current average of -0.938. Players take their two best scores from each Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole, with the winner having the best average score at the end of the season.
The winner of the award receives $1 million. For perspective, so far, 13 players on the LPGA have crossed $1 million in earnings this season. The total purse for the Pelican is $1,750,000.
Charley Hull, who is currently in second place, is playing next week in the Aramco team Series Jeddah event in Saudi Arabia, taking her out of the running.
The next two players on the list who are in the Pelican field are Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko. Thompson would have to play the par-5 14th hole in 5 under (an eagle and a double eagle) to overtake Green at -0.941. Ko would have to play the hole (over two rounds) in 6 under (two double eagles) to move her to -0.944.
Hannah Green reacts to a putt on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2019 LPGA Cambia Portland Classic. Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Green, 24, is currently ranked 25th in the world and is 35th on the money list with $531,507. She has $2,262,361 in career earnings.
Earlier this year, Matthew Wolff clinched the 2020-2021 Aon Risk Reward Challenge trophy and the $1 million prize on the PGA Tour.