Hannah Green up big early at Women's PGA at Hazeltine
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CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Hannah Green of Australia twice escaped trouble with par saves and shot 3-under 69, setting a daunting target at Hazeltine National with an early four-shot lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Green thought luck was on her side when she holed a short-sided bunker shot for birdie near the end of her opening round.

Friday was even better. She holed a flop shot on No. 12 after hitting into the water to save par, and then got up-and-down from inside the hazard line on the 16th hole for another unlikely par.

She was at 7-under 135, four shots ahead of defending champion Sung Hyun Park (71) among those who played early under a cloud cover.

Nelly Korda was five shots behind after a 70.

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